Why You Should Use a Migration Agent?

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Why use an Australian Registered Migration Agent?

Many people find the idea of preparing a Visa Application to be quite difficult. If you are one of those people, you probably should consider working with a migration agent who can help handle your Australian Immigration Applications, forms and all the associated evidence for you. Even if you are very confident with preparing an application, and you may even be very administrative, it still can be a good idea to work with a migration agent.

The team at Summit Migration has brought together a list of some of the advantages a migration agent can provide you:

  1. It is hassle free. When you have a trained professional handling all the difficulties and the answers of your visa application, you can have peace of mind. Doing the application by yourself often means that you are under substantial pressure. You have to do all research and discover for yourself what is required for the application. Working with an agent means you can just relax and let your agent handle all your correspondence with the department.
  2. Get it right the first time. Some of the Australian Immigration Visa Applications can be the most expensive in the world! In particular the partner visa, this application now cost over $7,160 AUD for it’s Visa Application charge alone. With this in mind, is it really worth trying to do the whole application yourself and then get something wrong? The Department of Immigration can find bad data or missing pieces of evidence. Sometimes even the smallest of mistakes can cost you your entire application. Migration agents like the ones at Summit Migration have extensive experience preparing an application and can check your application for consistency.
  3. Practical Experience. No matter how hard your immigration case is, it is quite likely, that your registered migration agent has worked a similar matter in the past. This means that they know precisely what is required, what checklist to follow to get a positive result. This is something you may struggle to do on your own.

Should I use an Immigration Lawyer or a Migration Agent?

Registered Migration agents generally need to complete a 12 month diploma in Australian Migration Law with a tertiary institution and then pass a capstone test. They are then given a MARN (Migration Agent Regulation Number) and can practice Migration Law.

Many lawyers are also migration agents. If a lawyer wants to become a migration agent and practise immigration law, they must also register with MARA. This is dual registration. Furthermore, immigration lawyers usually retain dual registration to provide immigration advice and assistance. However, unlike migration agents without legal qualifications, immigration lawyers can also appeal cases in courts such as the Federal Court or High Court.

Registered Migration
Agents
Immigration Lawyers
Qualification RequirementCompleted a 12 month
diploma in Australian
Migration Law
Completed a law degree
and obtained a Graduate
Diploma of Legal Practice
Registration Registered with MARARegistered with the Legal
Admissions Board, the Law Society and MARA
Administrative Appeals
Tribunal
Can assist with visa
applications and merits
review in Administrative
Appeals Tribunal
Can assist with visa
applications and merits
review in Administrative
Appeals Tribunal
Other courtsCannot assist with appealsto Australian courtsCan assist with appeals to
the Federal Circuit Court of
Australia (FCCA), the
Federal Court of Australia
(FCA) and the High Court of Australia

You should always check the level of experience and qualification held by your Migration Agent. All the Migration Agents at Summit Migration are registered Lawyers.

What Can I Do If I Have a Dispute with my Registered Migration Agent?

The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) is an office of the Department of Home Affairs (www.homeaffairs.gov.au) (the Department) that regulates Migration Agents in Australia. You can visit their website here.

Australian Registered Migration Agent’s are subject to the Migration Agent’s Code of Conduct

An Australian Registered Migration Agent Professional standards and obligations of

Resolving disputes with your Australian Registered migration agent

Registration requirements to become an Australian Registered Migration Agent

Registration process to become an Australian Registered Migration Agent

In conclusion:

While it helps having a Migration Agent, nobody can guarantee a successful application. That decision rests alone with the Department of Immigration. However, here at Summit Migration, we can guarantee that we will do the best to improve the prospects of your application.

Now that you know the importance of a Migration Agent with your Visa Application, why don’t you give us a call and see how agents at Summit Migration can help you today.

Why Move To Australia?

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Moving to Australia – What’s In It For You?

Australia is known worldwide as “the Lucky Country”, and it’s a top destination for permanent migrants from all over the world. Australia is a nation of opportunity, and is the perfect place to start a business, raise a family and retire.

But before you board a place and head to Australia you’ll need to navigate one of the world’s most complex and stringent immigration program’s to secure you permanent residency visa.

If you intend to settle in Australia, then applying for Australian Permanent Residency (“PR”) is the pathway you will need to take. So if you’re considering taking the leap and looking to permanently migrate to Australia, and considering a permanent residency visa, but you’re on the fence about whether you want to apply, the team at Summit Migration have put together a comprehensive list on why you should migrate to Australia. Here are our top ten reasons for applying for Australian Permanent Residency:

  1. Freedom – As a permanent resident you will hold a permanent visa, which allows you to live in Australia for the rest of your life and enjoy the freedom to to travel in and out of the country. If you obtain citizenship then you’ll also be able to travel on an Australian passport, one of the most favourable passports available.
  2. Higher Quality of Life – Australians generally enjoy a high standard of living, and although there has been an unprecedented 1.6% decrease in household incomes of average Australians, Australia is still one of the most prosperous nations. With fresh air, high employment, low mortality and plenty of fantastic place to retire, Australia is a great place to live.
  3. Official Entitlements – As socialist democracy, Australia has some of the most generous social entitlement programs outside of a few Scandinavian countries. As an eligible permanent resident (after a two-year qualifying period) you will be entitled to receive support Government support for times of poor health, unemployment and study provided by Australia’s Department of Human Services (Medicare, Centrelink and Child Support). The healthcare entitlement, Medicare, is a key healthcare which provides free hospital coverage and subsidised medical treatments.
  4. Carefully regulated Immigration program – The Australian government sets immigration intake numbers on a yearly basis and the policies are racially and religiously non-discriminatory, with all applicants having to meet the same selection criteria. Currently, the Australian Government has implemented a program that seeks to provide skilled workers to occupations that are in demand.
  5. Broad Career Opportunities – Working in Australia is a key component of permanent residency. As a holder of a permanent resident visa you can find employment in any occupation of your choice in any region you like. Additionally, businesses in Australia often have skills shortages, which can’t be filled with local workers. Accordingly, highly skilled foreign workers are seen as desirable and necessary to fill such vacancies. As a result, opportunities exist in certain fields of expertise, including mining, tourism and hospitality, farming, horticulture, viticulture, service industries and health care.
  6. World Leading Education – Once you have obtained permanent resident status in Australia, you also enjoy full access to a world class variety of higher education pathways. Furthermore, there are also a range of student loans available to permanent residents only, which will offset some of the financial costs associated with study
  7. Multicultural Strength – Because of Australia’s extensive history of multicultural immigration, it has become a diverse blend of nationalities, cultures and religions. Australian food reflects this multiculturalism and is some of the best dining in the world. Australia is renown for its acceptance and tolerance for immigrants from the world over.
  8. Family Migration Pathways – Permanent residents can also sponsor family members to join them in Australia. While a successful immigration process is not a guaranteed outcome, and the applicant must meet a number of residence and support assurance criteria, once permanent residency is obtained, you will have a range of options to bring partners and parents to Australia.
  9. Immediate Family Members Included – Permanent residents who give birth in Australia provide automatically provide citizenship to their children. Additionally, once the migrant is eligible for citizenship, their partner will also be eligible too.
  10. Climate & Lifestyle – While the weather might seem a trivial reason for migrating countries, a more habitable climate makes for a more active and healthier lifestyle and improves a range of other lifestyle and quality of life markers. In addition, Australian’s have a great value on recreation and a healthy work/life balance which means that you’ll have time to enjoy the great lifestyle benefits.

These are just some of the fantastic reasons, why people consider migrating to Australia. So, if this sounds like a pathway that interests you, let us help you work towards your ultimate ambition of making Australian permanent residency a reality. Contact us for a visa assessment today. The migration agents at Summit Migration are experts in Permanent Residency applications, and we have hundreds of successes with clients who have migrated to Australia.