Anyone who has applied for an Australian visa before knows it is a huge undertaking. With usually only one chance, everything rides on getting it right the first time.
And getting it right requires commitment, time, attention to detail – and knowledge of Australian Migration Law.
Can you tick all those boxes?
If not, then you really do need a Registered Migration Agent.
Let’s demystify the role of the Registered Migration Agent and show you the value of having a professional on your team, helping you towards your Australian dream.
What does it take to become a Registered Migration Agent?
From go to whoa, it usually takes an absolute minimum of 15 months (but more likely two years) to become registered as a Migration Agent.
So, it’s safe to say – we know our stuff.
Take a look at some of the steps involved.
- study a University-level Graduate Diploma in Migration Law. Consisting of six subjects completed over 1 – 1.5 years, a course will generally cost $2 200
- sit both a lengthy written examination and an oral exam. Exams are run four times per year, and students have only three attempts to pass. If any section is failed, then the entire test needs to be re-sat in the next round. The cost is close to $3 000.
- meet Proficient English requirements (any budding skilled migrant will know about this!), for example achieving IELTS 7.
- obtain police checks for countries in which they have resided
- apply for registration
Once registered, a migration agent must:
- maintain a professional library
- maintain current knowledge through a minimum of 15 hours Continuing Professional Development activities each year
- be able to understand and apply complex legislation consisting of:
- the Migration Act, containing over 500 sections
- the Migration Regulations containing 5 parts and 13 schedules
- Migration policy which runs to hundreds of pages
- The Citizenship Act, Regulations, Instructions
- other legal instruments, ministerial directives
- knowledge of skills assessing authorities across a range of more than 300 occupations
- other allied legislation, international obligations (international trade agreements, conventions etc)
As you can see, Registered Migration Agents invest much time, money and effort into equipping themselves with the knowledge and tools required to help guide their clients through the migration process.
And why do they do it? Because they want to help intending migrants to find the correct pathway that will allow them to achieve their dream of living and working in Australia.
What should you expect from a Registered Migration Agent?
Selecting a Migration Agent is a matter of personal choice.
You must trust that your adviser knows the law inside-out and can adapt to the ever-changing visa landscape. You must have confidence that they can support you during the process.
A competent Migration Agent will:
- analyse your situation and provide you with advice and information
- develop the best strategy to meet your needs
- advise you regarding the appropriate evidence to provide
- guide and assist you to build your application before lodging with the Department of Home Affairs
- guide you through an appeals process, if necessary
With often only one opportunity to get it right, it’s essential that you get the right advice, the first time.
You don’t know us, and we don’t know you.
(Check us out online, of course! )
You will discover that, using our decades of experience of knowing where the gaps are and how best to serve our clients, we have developed a 7-Step Pathway to successful migration to Australia.
You’ll find out all about the visas we process and the successes that we have achieved for and with our clients.
And you will find out more about our Migration SuperHero, Sarah Gillis.
But we don’t expect you to trust us without first meeting us, without looking us in the eyes and asking us the curly questions!
If you are serious about finding the pathway that will lead you to your Aussie dream, we invite you to book a Discovery Session.
Sarah will advise, guide and assist you to have the best possible chance of obtaining a successful outcome for your Australian Visa.
Your future is riding on getting your application right.
Let us be your guide on that journey.