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When Is It Better to Use a Migration Agent When Coming to Australia?

by Maurice Carroll

If you're planning a long-term or potentially permanent move to Australia, you are not legally obligated to use a migration agent in applying for your visa. However, this doesn't mean you should be too hasty in deciding on going through this process on your own. Note when it may be to your advantage to use a migration agent.

1. When time is an issue

This doesn't mean the time in which you expect to hear back from the immigration agency, as a migration agent cannot hurry your visa application ahead of other applicants. This refers to time in your schedule to deal with the issues that may come up with applying for a long-term or permanent visa. There is usually quite a bit of paperwork you may need to read over and understand, and the immigration agency may need to contact you with questions during your application process.

A migration agent can more readily explain the paperwork to you, ensure you're filling out the right paperwork and enclosing the right supporting documents, and also discuss matters with the immigration agency on your behalf. This can mean saving quite a bit of time on your part as you go through the entire process.

2. When you don't have supporting paperwork for a relationship

Suppose you are not be married to an Australian citizen but are in a long-term relationship with him or her. You may not have a marriage license to prove that relationship, so a migration agent can discuss your other options that can be used as proof of that de facto relationship.

3. When your visa has been denied

When you've been denied a visa, you may not understand the reasons for being denied and it may be that you made some mistakes in applying. This might mean that you used the wrong type of subclass of application or did not have the right supporting documentation for your application.

Whatever the reason, it's good to have a migration agent go over your first application and the notices you received as to why it was denied, and then help you through the process. They can ensure you apply for the right type of visa, that you have everything filled out correctly, and that you provide paperwork as needed. They can also note if you did anything to keep the application from being approved, such as leaving the country when you weren't allowed, so you don't make the same mistake again.