When you want to move to Australia permanently, you can fill out all the needed paperwork and apply for a long-term visa or permanent residency yourself, but sometimes it's good to work with a migration agent instead. They can assist with everything involved in the process and make it easier for you overall. Note a few commonly asked questions about working with a migration agent when moving to Australia so you know what to expect and how to make the entire process smoother.
1. Can you drop your migration agent after hiring them?
You are allowed to drop your migration agent after you've hired them, but note that you need to work it out with them as to what fees you may still owe them. Each agent will be different in what they charge and how they handle any additional fees if you should decide you no longer need their services, so don't assume that dropping them means you don't need to pay for the work they have done. Also, you need to inform the immigration agency that your migration agent no longer represents you, and you may be required to fill out certain forms making this declaration, so the immigration agency can ensure they are communicating with the right person when it comes to your application.
2. Do you need to use a registered agent?
Migration agents should register with what is called the Migration Agents Registration Authority, or MARA. This registration means that they have undergone certain training and will be keeping up to date with changes in migration laws. While you can use anyone's help when it comes to filling out paperwork, translating things into your native language, and the like, to ensure that you are getting quality help from an actual migration agent, be sure you check if they're registered with this agency.
3. When can you expect to hear from the migration agent?
A migration agent can't "hurry along" your application or do anything to get it processed faster; this is in the hands of the immigration agency. Also, note that the migration agent is authorized to speak to the immigration agency on your behalf, so they may be communicating with them to answer certain questions or provide additional documentation, without alerting you. Don't assume that they will be in constant contact or that there is a problem if you don't always hear from them, as your application process may very well be moving along as it should.