Choosing a Migration Agent that will suit your individual needs is one of the most important decisions you can make that will increase your chances of successfully obtaining a Visa.
It is also one of the biggest challenges. With just over 7000 Migration Agents registered in Australia, here are some tips to take into consideration when deciding which one is the best fit for you!
1. Check the Agent’s credentials
Firstly, the most important thing to check is if the Migration Agent is registered with The Office of the MARA in Australia (Migration Agents Registration Authority). This is the governing authority for Migration Agents in Australia. The law requires every Migration Agent operating in Australia to be registered with the MARA, and adhere to their Code of Conduct. This Code is available for you to view, along with details of every registered Agent in Australia at www.mara.gov.au
2. Do your research
Migration Agents will often specialise and have experience in a specific area. It’s advisable to have a rough idea of which Visa you think you might be eligible for and then approach an Agent who specialises in that particular type of application. Most agents will list which areas they specialise in on their website.
3. Experience is important
Experienced Agents will sometimes charge a higher fee than less experienced Agents. But if you think you might have a very complex application, we recommend you choose an Agent with as much experience as possible. Australian immigration laws and requirements are updated often, so it is in your best interests to find an Agent who knows these laws back-to-front and can interpret them in your favour.
4. Find someone you gel with!
Visa applications can be a lengthy and complicated process, so it’s important to choose a Migration Agent who is friendly, approachable and well-spoken, and who is enthusiastic about advocating for you. Also – communication is paramount, so if you’re still practising your English language skills, perhaps choose an Agent who is bilingual and happy to speak with you in your first language; it makes a huge difference when you work with someone who actually cares about your situation and individual circumstances!
5. Get to know them
Look for an Agent who has plenty of positive feedback! This is a great way to get to know the Agent’s abilities and success rate, without committing to a consultation.
6. Try before you buy
Agents will usually offer an initial consultation for a once-off fee, which is then deducted from the final quote if you decide to take them on. However, you can book in for a consultation with as many Agents as it takes to find the right one, and remember, until you sign a binding contract, you’re not obliged to engage in their services.
7. Investigate further
The initial consultation is a great opportunity to gauge the Agents skill and experience, and for the Agent to assess how they can best help you. Be ready for your consultation and prepare as many questions as you can; a quality Agent will not have a problem explaining anything you need to know. This is also a good time to ask about the Agent’s fees – the Agent should be able to clearly explain all related costs.
Here at Mygrate, we provide immigrants with a large database of registered, reliable, reputable and experienced Migration Agents of varied skills and backgrounds. Join us today to connect with the best Agent for you!