You don’t have to use a migration agent when you move to Australia but many people choose to use agents to help them lodge their visa applications. If you do choose to use a migration agent then you’ll need to read on.
While migration agents cannot influence the outcome of your application they can help you to choose the most appropriate visa to apply for and based on their experience advise you of the most likely outcome.
Decisions about visa applications are made exclusively by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). The DIBP launched a new website on 1 July 2015, which has lots of useful information on migrating to Australia, including their Visa Finder.
The most important thing to know when engaging an Australian Migration agent is that they must be registered with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) in order to legally provide you with immigration advice and assistance.
MARA maintains a Register of Migration Agents. You can search the Register of Migration Agents to find a migration agent who is authorised to provide you with immigration advice within Australia.
Migration agent’s fees vary depending on your specific circumstances. You can find out the average fees charged by visiting Agents Fees on the MARA website.