Many people are unsure whether they should use a Migration Agent to lodge their visa application.
Using an agent is an additional expense – is it really worth it?
Here explains why you might consider using an expert migration agent to assist with your application.
Visa Applications are always more complicated than they appear
The Graduate Temporary Subclass 485 visas are an excellent example of this.
Many students lodge these themselves without an agent, without realising that the requirements are quite complex. However, many students do not get the result that they expect and often these problems occur:
- Students select the wrong stream, and end up with either a Refusal or a visa which is shorter in length than they thought
- A Refusal usually means, that since their substantive student visa has previously expired, the student is barred by Section 48 from lodging another visa application inside Australia – many are unaware of this until they are hit with a Refusal
- Students often miss the critically important Time of Application requirements (for example providing evidence of English language testing at Time of Application) and therefore face a visa Refusal.
- If the student misses an essential Time of Application requirement, it is usually not possible to fix this, even if the student thinks that they can lodge an Appeal against the visa refusal at the AAT (Administrative Appeals Tribunal)
- Students sometimes make mistakes in relation to the timing of their visa application – we have seen many cases where the student has gone ahead on their own and lodged without a proper completion letter confirming the date of completion and found that their Visa has been refused.
An Expert Migration Agent will thoroughly understand all the Migration Regulations and the Department of Immigration Policy as explained in the Procedures Advice Manual. The Expert Migration agent will also have comprehensive pre-lodgement checklists to ensure that essential requirements are not missed at lodgement.