Choosing a migration agent.
You have logged on the www.immi.gov.au website to find out more information on how you can move to Australia, and by now you have recognised that there are hundreds of different types of visas, all seem to have different prerequisites and policies, you now feel some anxiety and unsure about the whole process.
Be assured you are not alone in feeling slightly overwhelmed about the complexity of applying for a visa. You just wish someone can guide you through the whole progress.
Well, if you wish you can use a migration agent to assist you in applying for a visa. Migration agents can guide you through the whole visa process from choosing a visa to lodging it for you. Sounds great, now you need to do your own home work. A migration agent doesn’t have to be registered with institute or governing body, hence anyone can state that they are a migration agent and sell such services.
The MARA was born in 2009 from the recommendation of the 2007-2008 “Review of Statutory Self-Regulation of the Migration Advice Profession “where it was found that a self-regulation of migrant agents was not working properly and that consumer protection was lacking.
Hence, to ensure that you utilise you a qualified migration agent, ensure that they or the actual person, is listed as active members on the MARA and MIA websites. If they are they have to abide by a Code of Ethics and a compulsory Code of Conduct.
Using an unregistered migration agent can be very risky and you do so at your own risk.
Also review the feedback on this website for personal experiences of agents and actually speak to the agent before entering a contract, the first consultation is usually free and it is wise to speak to multiple agents before choosing one.
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