Processing a big move to Australia can be a laborious task, but plenty of people who have successfully migrated to Australia have hired migration agents to ease the burden. Migration agents are generally well-versed in Australian migration laws. They can also help you save time and effort by providing you with assistance when you process necessary documents, fees, and other related requirements. With a migration agent’s help, you can obtain residency, extend your visa, bring your family with you to Australia, sponsor overseas employees to work in Australia, or appeal a refused visa in the most cost-efficient manner.
However, a successful migration does not happen just because you have a migration agent. You have to have a good migration agent — the best one you can get. How can you find a good migration agent for your migration to Australia? Here are a few tips.
MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) registered migration agents are required to follow strict regulations. They are also put under frequent evaluation. The Australian government set up this organisation mainly to protect clients from getting scammed or cheated by their migration agents — usually, these are migration agents who are sale or commission-driven. They would likely pressure you into signing something and will not make sure that you fully understand what’s going on. In some cases, clients were made to pay application fees, but their migration agents did not check if they qualified for the visa they applied for. The result? A rejected visa application and tons of money down the drain.
MARA agents, therefore, are a safety net for clients. Because they follow a strict code of conduct, registered migration agents are unlikely to behave in the way described above. If they do, clients are allowed to report any suspicious conduct to MARA.
Visa processing is long, tedious, and most of all, quite costly. This is why it’s important for you to be able to trust your migration agent. Go to the MARA website and look for their name or MARA number. If you find their name there, you’re off to a good start.
More than obtaining the visa itself, what you’ll be paying for is the agent’s services, expertise, experience, time, and effort. Their quote should be realistic enough to reflect these factors. Fees made to your migration agent may vary because of the type of visa, the experience of the agent, or the difficulty level of your case. However, still keep in mind that visa processing does not come cheap, so what you’re really looking for is not the cheaper option, but the option with the most value for money.
The best way to find out if they’re worth your hard-earned savings? Ask around. Look for friends or friends-of-friends that have had successful migrations, and especially focus your energy on those who have obtained the same visa that you’re applying for. Review their customer feedback as well: check out website testimonials or Google reviews. The MARA website will also be a helpful source of information.
A migration agency staffed by registered migration agents should be good. But what’s better than that? A law firm that offers not only migration services but also services in immigration law. At Lex Legal, we have a team of registered migration agents and immigration lawyers that can provide you with holistic immigration assistance. Starting a relationship with Lex Legal as our client does not only mean that you can migrate successfully, you will also have a team of experts that have a thorough understanding of your situation in case you encounter run-ins with the Department of Immigration down the line. Being a law firm, you can consult us about immigration law and provide you with valuable information that you need before and during your stay in Australia.
Looking to hire a registered migration agent soon? Contact Lex Legal now and avail of our free 30-minute consultation. Call us at +61(8) 9221 6366 or visit us at Level 3, 231 Adelaide Terrace, Perth WA, Australia. You may also leave us a message on our website.