Posts tagged ‘Migration Agent’

Regulation Of Migration Agents

Just recently the Australian Government took over the job of regulating all migration agents from the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA). Agents are regulated under the Migration Act and the Migration Regulations. The Act and the Regulations are said to be so long and complex that they are almost as bad as the Tax Act.

Lawyers who want to assist people to obtain a visa must also be registered as a migration agent. Lawyers are already heavily regulated under the Legal Profession Acts and some complain that the dual regulation that they are exposed to if they want to give “immigration assistance” and not just “immigration legal assistance” is just too burdensome.

About two thirds of migration agents are NOT legally qualified, and so whenever they need to get legal advice for a client they must retain the services of a lawyer for their client.

It makes sense to use a service that has under the one roof expertise in both migration visa practice, procedure and policy AND in immigration law.

Australian Visa Experts has it all under one roof.

Don’t fool around with unqualified or unscrupulous agents. Go for quality and experience and don’t just base your decision on who is offering you the cheapest price.

There are two types of “bad migration agent” – the one that rips you off mercilessly and leads you up the garden path and the one that is trying to get your business solely by bidding on price. Don’t fall for it. Go for quality and experience AND a fair and reasonable price every time. Every time you get knocked back by the Department of Immigration it gets harder to get through the second time. It is best to get it right the first time.

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Sponsored Workers Get More Protection

Here is some interesting breaking news.

The Australian Government has recently brought in some new laws to give more protection to overseas workers being sponsored under temporary work visas by Australian Employers.

The new laws, being made under the Migration Legislation Amendment (Worker Protection) Act 2008, will commence on 14 September.

The changes will include –

  • A stronger definition of sponsorship obligations of Australian Employers;
  • Permit information sharing  between government agencies;
  • Expand the power of the Department of Immigration to monitor and investigate possible non-compliance of Australian Employers with worker protection laws;
  • Civil Penalties for Australian Employers who are found to be in breach of their sponsorship obligations.

What does this mean for migration agents?

It means that any agent who does not ensure that he or she has a sound understanding of the new legal and regulatory changes will not be able to properly advise and explain to a worker or employer client what the sponsorship obligations cover and how the new monitoring regime will work. Employers wishing to sponsor skilled overseas workers MUST be on top of the new laws.

Once again – all this goes to show that it is more important than ever to only use the services of very experienced and skilled migration visa agents.

We are ready to serve and protect your best interests – whether you be an employer wishing to sponsor or a worker looking to be sponsored by an Australian Employer.


Watch Out For Bad Migration Agents And Scams

Dear Visitor

There is regular news in the press and also being published by migration agent representative bodies that is sending out a clear warning to the international public who are considering migrating to Australia to live and work – BEWARE OF POORLY QUALIFIED OR UNETHICAL MIGRATION AGENTS.

We publish below two recent statements about this, one of them published in the daily paper and the other by the Migration Agents’ Authority, a national body representing migration agents.

We publish these articles to emphasize the importance of dealing with reputable and highly qualified immigration experts like at Australian Visa Experts.

Here they are –


Thousands of Indians are being enrolled in “dodgy” courses in Australia, while others are paying up to $20,000 for a good result in the International English Language Test System exam, an investigation into the overseas student industry has found.

Following a recent spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia, The Australian reports the nation’s $14-billion international education sector has turned into a recognised immigration racket.

Last week, police arrested three people in Punjab, the main feeder community for Indian students in Australia, for impersonation and forgery after they were caught sitting the IELTS exam for aspiring foreign students.

Other scams have involved operators across the Punjab arranging “contract marriages” for aspiring migrants to partners who have passed the mandatory English test for a student visa.

For an additional fee, agents have arranged bank documents and loans to satisfy Australian immigration law that demands students have the means to support themselves for the duration of their course, the newspaper says.

There are 500,000 international students living in Australia. Of these, 20 per cent are Indian.

Universities on average rely on international students for 15 per cent of their revenue.


Migration profession’s opportunity for change: Report released

30 June 2009

Even though they assist thousands of potential Australians to live and work here, migration agents have been slammed as poorly trained and shonky. But Registered Migration Agents are standing up for the profession, determined to raise standards and strengthen ethics.

The Migration Institute of Australia commissioned an independent researcher, Randall Pearce of Think: Insight & Advice, to undertake a study of stakeholders’ perceptions of the Australian migration advice profession. This report, entitled Changing Together, is released today.

Stakeholders who deal with Registered Migration Agents were interviewed for the study. They included university educators, skills assessment authorities, migrant resource centres, refugee advocates, parliamentarians, courts and tribunals, departmental officials and media.

Many respondents were quick to point out that most agents regularly perform to a high standard; unfortunately, a troublesome minority make a disproportionately negative impact on the image of all Australian migration agents.

The findings have been compiled along with proposals for reform put forward by the migration advice profession in response to the research. Opportunities for change include:

Comprehensive reform to the education and training of agents

Requiring current Registered Migration Agents to requalify to a higher standard of English language and professional competence

Introduce a tiered system of registration to protect consumers

Formation of an independent complaints body with the power to review fees

Responsibility for bringing about change should be shared by all stakeholders, including the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in their new role managing the profession’s regulation authority, the Office of the MARA.

As the professional association, the Migration Institute of Australia knows that agents have taken ownership of the issues. The next step is to develop co-operative strategies with other stakeholders to implement the action plans from the report.

Hard copies of the report are available free by contacting or calling us on +61 2 9279 3140

A series of meetings with MIA members will be held around Australia to discuss the report and gather feedback.

Changing Together: Perceptions and proposals for reform from stakeholders in the migration advice community