a registered migration agent holds a proper University qualification in Australian Migration Law and Practice. By law, an agent must keep an updated knowledge about the complex current law, which changes quite often and agents have access to the Department of Immigration policies, which usually are not available to the public. In addition to this, an agent must abide by the Migration Agents Code of Conduct. For further information, the Code is available at here
Immigration agents’ fees vary depending on experience, qualification, business costs and time dedicated to the client. To check the average rates charged at national level, view the table provided by the MARA at the link here
Very often the questions presume that the agent asks the client a number of other questions. The agent will then need to do some research on the subject in order to give the correct answer. It goes without saying that the ‘few questions’ become an actual consultation. On the contrary, when the questions are generic and easy to answer, no payment will be required. But if the number of questions are considerable or require more research and takes time to answer, the rate of the advice will be applied. In any case, once we have received your email, you will be notified if there is a cost involved or not. You are advised to visit our website www.migrationworld.com.au before you send us email with your questions, because the site provides a lot of free information that may give you the answer. Also you can join our Facebook page to receive regular free updates.
We strongly advise to proceed with a consultation. The agent has a legal responsibility on each visa application and if the client is not eligible, the agent has the obligation to discourage the client to submit the application. For this reason, the agent, who has a complete picture of the law, must always check that the requirements are fulfilled, because the assessment made by the client may be incorrect.
Once the contract has been signed by both parties, the client will proceed to the payment of a deposit. The deposit will be kept, by law, in a clients’ account. Then the client will pay the balance few days before submitting the application. At the end of the service, the agent will issue a statement of service.
The contract may be ended by both parties at any time or according to the contract’s clauses. The agent will withhold the amount equivalent to the work done till that moment and will refund the rest. This will happen even in the event that the sponsor no longer wishes to continue the contract.
Yes. To be approved by the Department of Immigration, the sponsor must meet some requirements too, so a consultation will be advisable. The best way is to attend both the consultation in order to discuss both requirements together.
For what concerns 457 visas, the sponsor must pay the nomination and the sponsorship fees, while the applicant may pay for the visa application.
For all other visas, the payment will be decided in accordance with the two parties.
No. The agent is not responsible for the relationship between sponsor and applicant and he cannot interfere with the negotiations, except to clarify the legal requirements so that the application is successful. The final decisions on salary and conditions of the contract are left to the two parties. If the agreements are not in accordance with the law, the agent will suggest possible changes. If, at the end of the negotiations, the chance of failure are high, the agent may decide not to lodge the application.
The agent will explain clients their visa options, taking in consideration the immigration law. The client, however, cannot always expect simple solutions or good news. If you go to the doctor, the diagnosis is not always positive.
It is true that some laws may be interpreted (in which case the agent can express an opinion based on experience and statistics), but most of the requirements of the Department of Immigration are very clear and if the client does not meet them, often there is no alternative. That said, the client still has every right to seek a second opinion from another agent.
By law, the agent is obliged to inform the client about the percentage of success for the application. If the chances of a refusal are very high, the agent has the duty to inform the client and discourage the client to proceed. If the client insists on lodging the application, the agent may agree only if the client signs a paper of understanding.
By law, we cannot start working without a written agreement. In addition to this, every visa is different and requires different type of documentation so we prefer to assist the candidate during the whole process to ensure what we say complies with the legislation and satisfies the visa criteria. When we are not personally managing the case, the risk is that the advice may be incorrect as we are not fully informed of the facts. However, we have established a service for resume and reference letters assessment, see http://migrationworld.com.au/ to know more.