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Old 12-30-2013, 09:04 AM
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You Can Apply For A Visa Without The Need Of A Migration Agent

With the new online visa application, we can easily apply for permanent and work visas ourselves without the need to hire a migration agent.

The information on the Australian Immigration website is sufficient for us to know what are the procedures, documents, costs and timing.

The cost of a migration agent can be easily be the same amount of an individual visa fee (which is A$3,500 thereabout) i.e. you double up your visa cost by using an agent or maybe even more than that.

So for those who are interested to apply themselves, please feel confident you can easily do it by following information in the official website. For additional queries, forums such as this one are very useful resources to help you and there are many members who are prepared to answer your queries.

I have successful applied for a permanent visa by myself instead of going through an agent like all my friends did.


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With the new online visa application, we can easily apply for permanent and work visas ourselves without the need to hire a migration agent. The information on the Australian Immigration website is sufficient for us to know what are the procedures, documents, costs and timing. The cost of a migration agent can be easily be the same amount of an individual visa fee (which is A$3,500 thereabout) i.e. you double up your visa cost by using an agent or maybe even more than that. So for those who are interested to apply themselves, please feel confident you can easily do it by following information in the official website. For additional queries, forums such as this one are very useful resources to help you and there are many members who are prepared to answer your queries. I have successful applied for a permanent visa by myself instead of going through an agent like all my friends did.
Hi housepartymusic,

Whilst this is all true (and the same conclusion my partner & I came up with), some people have far more complex cases, such as criminal records or health issues, where the help of an expert would be invaluable and in this case it is better for some to use agents.

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And people like me who have already had a refusal. No way would I have lodged or been granted the visa second time around, without the invaluable advice of our solicitor.

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Hi missmontie,

Thanks for your reply. I agree with you. Agents have the experience to provide good advice. And the fees are well worth it.

All I am saying is that people can also do it without agents. I have come across the thinking that we need to go to an agent to do this for us which is not true.


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Dear housepartymusic, The problem is that if you make a little mistake it can cause a lot of problems. The immigration department have their rules to follow and don't tend to look outside of those like you can in normal business to business transaction. You cant ring them up to discuss the mistake they just reply with sorry you don't qualify even if its a simple mistake. Also you mention 'work visas' its my understanding that to get a 457 work visa you will require a sponsor and then they will organise the paperwork lodgement and cost. Apart from a working holiday visa 417/462 you cant apply for a work visa yourself as you require a sponsor.

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And people like me who have already had a refusal. No way would I have lodged or been granted the visa second time around, without the invaluable advice of our solicitor.
If you could do it all over again, would you have used an agent the first time?

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I used a solicitor/migration agent first timr around! On recommendation of a friend who got her African partner in using het. Worst mistake go my life! She was not only lazy ( didn't send in all 200 photos only 30 and most of them were on our own only a few with our friends) and of the 8 stat decs we gave her she only sent in 3 ( accidentally she sent in a 4th one but it was same as the third one she sent). After our refusal we asked her why the hell didn't u send in everything we gave u (ie all 200 photos and all 8 stat decs) her excuse " I thought I sent enough in " and when we pushed her " oh maybe I made a mistake " . So in hindsight no we would not use an agent again (if our application was straight forward with no medical issues)

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I used a solicitor/migration agent first timr around! On recommendation of a friend who got her African partner in using het. Worst mistake go my life! She was not only lazy ( didn't send in all 200 photos only 30 and most of them were on our own only a few with our friends) and of the 8 stat decs we gave her she only sent in 3 ( accidentally she sent in a 4th one but it was same as the third one she sent). After our refusal we asked her why the hell didn't u send in everything we gave u (ie all 200 photos and all 8 stat decs) her excuse " I thought I sent enough in " and when we pushed her " oh maybe I made a mistake " . So in hindsight no we would not use an agent again (if our application was straight forward with no medical issues)
Wow! That's sounds like a right pickle! I'm so glad you both sorted it - I can't imagine what that would feel like.

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It was soul destroying to say the least. Took us another 18 months to get it sorted and the pmv issued on second attempt ( and 15k in legals and visa and mrt fees)

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It was soul destroying to say the least. Took us another 18 months to get it sorted and the pmv issued on second attempt ( and 15k in legals and visa and mrt fees)
I guess you can't put a price on love - you do anything and everything

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