You’ve decided to migrate to Australia, but before you make plans, you must first go through the visa application process – which can be daunting and complex.
Using a migration agent can be a great help. We take a look at what migration agents can do to assist you in your application, and how you can effectively work together.
Why use a migration agent?
It’s not compulsory to use a migration agent, but there are good reasons why you should consider it.
Australian migration agents must be registered, which confirms that they are qualified to give you advice and deal with government departments on your behalf.
As choosing the wrong visa can delay or stop the application process, an agent can be a valuable guide.
When engaging a migration agent, you should check on a range of factors, including anticipated response times to client communications and feedback or testimonials from past clients.
The big picture: What do you want?
You will need to consider some of the big questions before your initial consultation with an agent, for example:
- How long do you plan on living in Australia?
- Might you seek permanent residency in the future?
- Will you be migrating with a spouse or any dependents?
- Do you have work skills (for example a trade or a profession)?
- When do you wish to migrate to Australia?
The agent can then determine which visa suits you.
The nitty gritty – documents
The success of a visa application is dependent on the documents. It is also the part of the process that seems most prone to error.
Preparing the documents can be difficult, but a well-prepared application with all supporting documentation may make having your application determined easier and faster.
There are many issues to consider when preparing your documents, for example:
- Whether the documents are sufficient to prove what you are saying in your application.
- Whether the documents will be accepted by the Australian Government.
- What happens if you can’t find a document.
Move Migration has developed a Document Collection and Review service that advises you about what documents to provide, reviews the documents and assists you to work out how to locate any missing documents.
For skilled visa applicants who must provide proof of skills (for example a trade certification or university degree), this service can be invaluable.
The more organised you can be with your documents, the more effectively you will be able to use your migration agent. This also means that your application may be more quickly processed by the Australian Government.
Even if you use the document service, it is important to remember that as the applicant, you are ultimately responsible for the documents that you provide. You must ensure they are truthful and accurate.
Communication is the key
From the outset of your engagement with your agent, be sure to establish timeframes for communication – how long it will ordinarily take for an agent to respond to your phone calls or emails and timeframes for which certain milestones are reached, for example:
- The agent’s recommendation of the best visa for you.
- Completion of the application.
- Completion of assembling the documents.
- Submission of the application.
The agent should ensure that you are informed in writing of the progress of the application through each stage.
Visa applications can be difficult, which is why so many applicants choose to use the services of migration agents. There are many things to look out for, but with some organisation and consideration, you can make the very best use of your migration agent and hope for a successful outcome!