Many, many people throughout the world are interested in migrating to Australia.
Invariably they spend a lot of time researching and thinking about their best options. Quite often people look for free advice and attempt to obtain a visa themselves. This often ends in failure as the rules and legislation surrounding visa eligibility and validity are complex and ever-changing.
Each visa application costs a significant amount of your money. Visas are often refused due to them being inaccurate or not containing all the required information and supporting documents.
Why risk having to apply and pay again when you can engage a Registered Migration Agent to support you through the process?
Invariably the professional fees are less than the visa application charges themselves.
Australian Visa Advice’s migration agents are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).
You can be assured that they act professionally, have a good knowledge of current migration law, perform in a timely manner, keep you up to date with the progress of your application and abide by OMARA’s Code of Conduct.
Registered Migration Agents are bound to act in your best interests and give you accurate migration advice.
Australian Visa Advice must keep proper client records and must comply with strict regulations regarding how we manage our client’s monies. We cannot legally withdraw monies from our clients account until services have been provided and invoiced.
It is against the law for someone in Australia who is not registered with OMARA to provide you with immigration assistance.
By using a person who is not registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority to assist with your visa application, you run the risk of being exposed to migration fraud by someone who has limited knowledge on immigration procedures and who may take your money without providing any service.
The table below identifies the benefits of using a registered migration agent with Australian Visa Advice versus the risks of using somebody who is not registered.
What are the benefits of using a registered migration agent?
must have a good and up-to-date knowledge of Australia’s immigration law and procedures.
are bound to act in your legitimate interests and give you accurate advice through a Code of Conduct.
must manage your money in a separte account until services are provided, and have their accounts audited from time to time.
must keep proper client records for seven years.
are authorised to represent you and must tell you about your visa outcome in a timely manner.
must keep a professional library with direct access tomigration regulations.
undertake continuing professional development in order to maintain knowledge of migration regulations and policy.
charge fees that are appropriate for the complexity of the work undertaken.
What are the risks of using a person who is not registered?
A person who is not registered
might have only limited knowledge of Australia’s immigration law and procedures
might give incorrect advice, make false promises, or try to take advantage of your situation.
might not handle your money the right way (some have taken large amounts of cash from their clients).
might not keep proper files and misplace your important documents, including original ones.
have no obligation to tell you about your visa outcome.