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?
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.
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
These benefits must be weighed up with the additional costs of using an Immigration Consultant.
|Here is a checklist to help you choose your immigration consultant
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.