This is what DIBP says ”…The department accepts all applications lodged, regardless of who lodges them. However, if you do not feel confident in lodging an application, or if your case is complex, you may want to engage a registered migration agent to help you in your dealings with the department…”
Migration agents, the same as any lawyer or accountant, represent you in dealing with the Immigration Department.
The most important thing is to understand what the migration agent can and will do for you. There are some general rules describing migration agent activities and it is vaguely described in the Migration Agent Code of Conduct, but each migration agent has the right to adjust contracts to clarify services included.
Our agency mostly works on lump sum contracts. Which means, we offer to run a case for fixed sum, regardless how much work we put into it.
Below you will find a list of the most important activities we will assist you with. Of course each visa and each case is different but when we work on the case, we do everything from start to finish, with no extra costs.
We also offer Immigration News services, keeping you up to date with Immigration changes, which may affect your employees’ status for temporary or permanent residence. We ensure you and your staff are well informed in an easy and not overwhelming way. We communicate these changes/important changes via social media.
Our top class system, allow us to track important dates for you and your case. You may expect to receive information that ensures all parts of your business is aligned for immigration processing, including;
- Advice on business processes required by the Department of Immigration
- Record keeping activities and ancillary services
- Work rights on visa applications
- Advice when employment condition are changing
- Keeping track of deadlines for sponsor obligations
About being an agent
At 30 June 2016, 6306 migration agents were registered in Australia, an increase of 10.5 per cent over a 12-month period.
Registered migration agent profile (2015–16)
- 41.4 per cent operated in a business as a sole trader
- 32.5 per cent (2052) held a legal practising certificate;
- Of the 495 agents who were registered as not-for-profit, 71.5 per cent held a legal practising certificate
- 74.4 per cent had never had a complaint made against them
- 47 per cent were female and 53 per cent male
- the average age was 44 years.
The geographic distribution of agents is shown on this map of Australia.