AGENT 101 What you need to know about Migration Agents

What is a Migration Agent?

A Migration Agent is a specialist trained to provide advice and assistance regarding immigration law and regulations.

Migration Agents must be registered with the office of the MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority) to provide advice regarding immigration law and applications. From 1st January 2018, to legally register with the MARA, Migration Agents will need to hold a minimum qualification of a Graduate Diploma in Migration Law. Australian legal practitioners who hold a practicing certificate may also register as a Migration Agent.

Do I need to hire a Migration Agent?

It is not mandatory, but it is strongly recommended! Whether you’re wanting to relocate permanently and commit to making one of the biggest decisions of your life, or you’re planning a temporary visit, advice and guidance from a registered Migration Agent is invaluable.

Dealing with the complexities of a Visa application can be confusing and very overwhelming. Having someone there who can guide you through the process, while also making sure all parts of your application fulfill requirements, can ease a lot of stress and uncertainty.

How can a Migration Agent help Me?

Migration Agents are trained to interpret immigration laws and regulations in your favour – they will thoroughly assess your case, and take into consideration your history and individual circumstances when recommending a path forward.

They will give you an honest opinion regarding your eligibility, and which Visa is your best option. A good Agent will have your best interests at heart, and can be a great source of support and stability during such a tumultuous and uncertain time.

Here at Mygrate, we have lots of amazing Agents to choose from! Along with helping you prepare your Visa application, Agents will ensure all your documents meet standard, monitor the progress of your application (helping you plan and organise), and if needed, represent you in court for any Visa matters.

How much does it cost to hire a Migration Agent?

Fees will vary between Agents. As a general rule, the more experienced Agents will charge a higher fee than less experienced Agents, with experience depending on how many years they’ve been practicing in their field.

Where do i find a migration agent and how do I connect with one?

Easy! If you’re reading this blog, you’re already in the right place. Mygrate has partnered with registered, reliable and experienced Migration Agents from all over Australia, who are happy to help! Simply fill out our Client Information Questionnaire here to get started.

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