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MARA registration

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Check your agents MARA registration.

If your migration agent is located in Australia and provides immigration service’s for obtaining Australian Visa they must be registered with the Migration Agent Registration Authority. The MARA is a part of the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship group.

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.

Warning: If your agent is located outside of Australia they don’t have to be part of the MARA or have to adhere to the MARA code of conduct.

It is strongly advised that you check your agent’s MARA registration details with the MARA before commencing with contract negotiations.

Agents can fall into four categories:

1.       Not registered

2.       Registered

3.       Registration has lapsed

4.       Sanctioned Agent

To determine if your agent is registered with the MARA, go to the MARA website and select Consumer Information

www.mara.gov.au

To download the MARA code of conduct go to

Mara code of conduct