The role of a registered migration agent is to assist and advise you on which visa is suitable for your situation and to help ensure the research and process of application is adhered to and lodged accurately.
However, it is advisable for you as the Visa applicant to do a bit of research on the migration agent in Australia themselves. A recent case in Sydney saw the conviction of a former Sydney based migration agent for forging immigration documents and defrauding her clients.
“The government takes allegations of fraud by those in trusted positions, such as a registered migration agent, very seriously.” Said Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaela Cash.
The investigation into Ms Xiao Ying Wu’s (known as Amy Wu) who was based in Sydney’s Chinatown was instigated after formal complaints were lodged by the community and the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). Ms Wu was sentenced under two Commonwealth charges of using false documents to obtain benefits and received an 18 months imprisonment term along with fines for Commonwealth charges and compensation to victims.
The best way to ensure that your migration agent in Australia is legitimate and adhering to the Australian Governments requirements is to firstly check that they are registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (www.mara.gov.au). The registered migration agent should have their Migration Agents Registration Number listed on their website, if not, simply ask them. Another good indication that your Migration agent in Australia has completed the necessary training and requirements is if they are a member of the Migration Institution of Australia (www.mia.org.au).
Our team at Mygration are experienced and qualified. Our Migration Agents Registration Number can be found on every page on our website and we are a member of the MIA. If you have any queries on how to immigrate to Australia , apply for a work visa for Australia, need advice on our skilled visas for Australia, or any other visas for Australia, please don’t hesitate to contact our head office and speak with one of our friendly registered migration agents in Brisbane.