Two Year Transition Update for Lawyers wanting to Practice in Migration Law
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Two Year Transition Update for Lawyers wanting to Practice in Migration Law

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A media release provided by the Hon. Alex Hawke MP, clarifies the announcement on the transitional period for lawyers with restricted practising licences, which was made at last week’s MIA National Conference.

The Federal Government is expecting the lawyers to be removed from the Migration Agents Regulatory Authority (MARA) regulatory system starting 1 July 2018.

  • For migration agents who become lawyers, there will be a two-year transitional period of dual registration, beginning from the date a restricted practicing certificate is obtained.
  • On a case-by-case basis, this two-year period may be extended, but only if there are reasonable grounds to do so.
  • Lawyers who have already made the transition will have two years dual registration from the commencement of the Bill. This relates to those holding a legal practicing certificate or such.

Currently, the MIA is in the process of obtaining clarification on what is considered “a reasonable basis” for extending this two-year transitional period.

The MIA remains in opposition of deregulating lawyers. However, if the legislation takes effect, they believe that lawyers should have the option to remain registered with the Office of the MARA.

The MIA strongly supports and campaigns in all appropriate areas on behalf of members who will be adversely affected by these proposed changes.

The full media release can be viewed here.

If you are affected by this and would like support or more information on this, please get in touch with us at Mygration, and we will be happy to help.


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