5 Things to Consider Prior to Hiring a Migration Agent


Moving to Australia can be difficult for some people. This is why it is essential to find a quality migration agent to assist with the process. However, before you jump in with just any migration agent, there are certain things to consider.

Are the services of a migration agent really necessary?

Immigrating to a different country is a costly endeavour. If you make a mistake with the visa paperwork or other aspect of the process, the cost will not only go up, the amount of time it takes to achieve the end goal will also increase. If you have any doubts about the process, or a complicated situation, hiring a migration agent is the best possible option.

Is the migration agent of choice accredited with some recognized authority?

For Australia, the accrediting authority is Migration Agents Registered Authority, or MARA. If you find an agent who does not have this accreditation, do not use them. If something does not work out, you will have no legal recourse to take since they are not accredited.

Will they provide names of past clients who have used their services?

When you hire a contractor, you likely don't think twice about asking for references. The same should be true for a migration agent. Asking for a personal reference will allow you to speak – first hand – to someone the migration agent has helped in the past.

How do the costs for services compare with other agents?

It is a good idea to comparison shop, just like you would do with insurance, when searching for a migration agent. It is also a good idea to determine what costs are needed and when they have to be paid. Keep in mind, the agent will expect a significant down payment for their services and asking what this is will minimize the surprise you experience when it is time to hand over the money.

How good of a communicator is the agent?

The entire process of immigrating to another country can be confusing and complicated. This is why it is essential to find a migration agent who is able to easily and knowledgably communicate the process and requirements. If you are not able to fully understand what the agent is discussing, then you likely need to find someone else.

While the process of immigrating to Australia can be complicated, with the help of the right migration agent from a firm like The Immigration Group Pty Ltd, it does not have to be.


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