If you want your visa application to be easier and more effective use the services of a registered migration agent (RMA).
A registered migration agent (RMA) is a trained professional and will guide you through what can be a minefield for the unwary. The RMA knows the rules and is always kept updated on the latest changes which can happen rather frequently. Also as a professional the RMA has the expertise to handle your case and do the paperwork for you.
Another great advantage is that the registered migration agent has to put up with all the red tape, bureaucracy and frustrations. A good example is waiting on hold on the telephone for two hours only to find out you are no more advanced than before you started. Anyone who has dealt with a government department will know exactly what I mean and this fact alone has got to be worth the expense of using a registered migration agent.
Okay I know many people will think that I am biased because it is my profession, so I will ask the following questions;
How many of us like standing in queues?
How many of us like waiting for hours on the telephone?
How many of us like waiting for a taxi or bus or the train?
Let’s not forget being stuck in peak hour traffic and so on, I think you get the picture. So you can choose to do it yourself, wait in line and get angry and frustrated or use a professional to handle your case and chill out. Modern life is stressful enough, so avoid extra stress and let the registered migration agent handle it for you.
I think enough has been said on this so let’s move on.
It is illegal for a person to give immigration assistance unless they are registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority, so you can check the registration of your agent on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website. Just be aware that this applies only to anyone offering immigration advice within Australia. The Australian government has no control over so called agents in other countries. There are Migration Agents Registration Authority registered agents overseas who can be checked on the Migration Agents Registration Authority website and so can be used if their credentials are genuine. If anyone claims to be a Migration Agents Registration Authority registered agent, ask for their Migration Agents Registration Authority number. A genuine agent will always be happy to provide the details. Only by using a Migration Agents Registration Authority registered agent can you feel confident that you will be dealing with someone who knows what to do and how to help you.
Although the rules are very strict, there are some exemptions that allow certain people to offer immigration assistance such as close family members, sponsors and nominators. But they can only do so as long as they don’t ask for payment or some form of reward.