Immigration Consultants

Immigration consulting

Immigration Consultants

If you want help with visas contact the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.

If you want help or assistance with a visa you should consider using a MARA registered Immigration Consultant to help you when applying for an Australian Visa.

The cost of using an Immigration Consultant can vary from a couple of hundred dollars to several thousand dollars depending on the extent they are involved.

So here is some helpful information on How to Choose an Australian Immigration Consultant before you engage departing with your hard earned cash :

  • What is an Australian Immigration Consultant?
  • Why use an Immigration Consultant?
  • Your Australian Immigration Consultant checklist?

What is an Immigration Consultant or Migration Agent?

An Immigration Consultant or Migration agent is anyone who offers specific advice or assistance to someone who is trying to obtain an Australian Visa or sponsoring prospective Australian Visa applicants.

An Immigraiton Consultant or Migration agent includes lawyers and people who work for voluntary organisations and provide their advice free of charge. However, migration agents generally charge for their services.

Migration agents operating in Australia are required by law to be registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). Some migration agents operating outside Australia are also registered with the MARA.

Why use an Immigration Consultant or Migration Agent?

The Immigration process can be fairly complicated and time consuming, and for this reason a growing number of applicants use the services of a Migration Agent (Immigration Consultant).

The benefit of using an Immigration Consultant is that

  1. They can save you time and money – they can advise you which is the most appropriate Visa to apply for given your specific circumstances
  2. They may give you a higher chance of success – they can assist you with completing the necessary documents correctly
  3. They make it easier to apply – the Immigration Consultant can help you by managing the whole process – including keeping track of the progress of your application with the Dept of Immigration and Customs
  4. Obtaining a Visa may be quicker – using an Immigration Agent may reduce the number of weeks it takes for the Visa to be approved compared to if you were to complete it yourself – they know the system as they do it day in day out

These benefits must be weighed up with the additional costs of using an Immigration Consultant.

Your Immigration Consultant Checklist

Women with laptop choosing immigration consultants Here is a checklist to help you choose your immigration consultant

  1. What are my Visa options? What can I apply for? What level of service is provided? Could the fees be reduced by me doing some of the work, and what are the drawbacks in my doing some of the work?
  2. Experience – What are your areas of expertise? Do you have sufficient experience, knowledge and competence to effectively deal with my matter? What were the outcomes of any prior similar matters?
  1. Confirm the extent of the work they will provide you with in the statement of services– it can vary from a quick points assessment to managing the whole application.
  2. Confirm what will be the costs – What are the terms? If the fee includes a conditional refund, will you provide me with written information as to how you propose to refund my money? Are there any other costs?

The MARA Authority produces a booklet called Information on the Regulation of the Migration Advice Profession. This is a document with information about the immigration consultants and includes what a client can reasonably expect from a migration agent, and the complaint procedures.