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Wondering if i can gain some insight on hiring a migration agent vs completing application on your own.

Applying for a partner visa- i think my case is straight forward.

no criminal record, both never married, no kids.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Both over the age of 27.
However, marriage was arranged and partner lives in "high risk" country (only thing i can thing of that might complicate application).


Is it worth hiring a migration agent if it's a straight forward case?
 

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Hi All,

Wondering if i can gain some insight on hiring a migration agent vs completing application on your own.

Applying for a partner visa- i think my case is straight forward.

no criminal record, both never married, no kids.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Both over the age of 27.
However, marriage was arranged and partner lives in "high risk" country (only thing i can thing of that might complicate application).


Is it worth hiring a migration agent if it's a straight forward case?
I think it depends on what your priorities are. Many of my clients do not have 'difficult' cases, but they have busy lives and would prefer a professional to manage the process for them rather than trawling through the Government's website and forums like this for assistance.

You can, of course, successfully manage your own application if you put the time into it and are confident in your reading of the guidance. If you prefer to do other things with your time, then an agent can make the whole process simple, stress-free and pretty painless.
 
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I believe your partner visa application will be pretty straightforward, which is similar to mine. I applied for myself and it only took me 6 months to receive that 820 visa. Maybe I was lucky, officer sent me general information regarding to my application multiple time and it was too easy to communicate with them directly. But I recommend you to download checklist first, then submit your documents in timely manner, if they requested. You can save on agent fee and take your partner on holiday instead.

Btw, don't encounter whether your marriage were arranged or whatever. As long as you are happy and relationship is genuine and ongoing, it is a big yes.

Good luck with your application mate.
 

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You didn't mention anything about your relationship so it's difficult to tell if you have a straight forward case or not. What evidence of your relationship do you have? Since you got married, have you been living together, sharing household and finances?
 

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Hi All,

Wondering if i can gain some insight on hiring a migration agent vs completing application on your own.

Applying for a partner visa- i think my case is straight forward.

no criminal record, both never married, no kids.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Both over the age of 27.
However, marriage was arranged and partner lives in "high risk" country (only thing i can thing of that might complicate application).


Is it worth hiring a migration agent if it's a straight forward case?
If you have to ask maybe it's best to hire an agent. due to the arranged marriage part evidence maybe more difficult to obtain?
 

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Hi All,

Wondering if i can gain some insight on hiring a migration agent vs completing application on your own.

Applying for a partner visa- i think my case is straight forward.

no criminal record, both never married, no kids.
Nothing out of the ordinary.
Both over the age of 27.
However, marriage was arranged and partner lives in "high risk" country (only thing i can thing of that might complicate application).


Is it worth hiring a migration agent if it's a straight forward case?
Do it yourself. Be honest and accurate and all will fall into place.
 

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I started with a lawyer who "specialises in migration". I ended up sacking him for incompetence, and taking over the application myself. So I have had both experiences.
From that I can give you a very simple answer: it is very easy to apply and manage a partner visa application yourself. Gather your paperwork and provide everything required. You have to put the effort in to gather that stuff anyway to give it to a migration agent, then they take your money to upload your documents and fill out a few forms which are very straightforward, and you have to trust that they did it properly. It's the most personal and intimate stuff in your life, so it's better for your peace of mind to have control of it yourself. Save your money, give yourself peace of mind, do it yourselves. 🙂
 

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I started with a lawyer who "specialises in migration".
A decent Registered Migration agent might have been better. I often wonder why some people use a lawyer instead.

Lawyers who provide migration legal advice and services and who hold current practising certificates will no longer be registered migration agents – or eligible for registration – following the passage of the Federal Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020
 

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I agree. The lawyer in question had been a registered agent, but unfortunately this law removed the requirements to be registered. This means he was not under the migration agents code of practice. Either way I think it is a better job to do yourself.
 

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I agree. The lawyer in question had been a registered agent, but unfortunately this law removed the requirements to be registered. This means he was not under the migration agents code of practice. Either way I think it is a better job to do yourself.
I am not sure what you mean by "unfortunately this law removed the requirements to be registered". The law required them to concentrate only on migration, and complete all the requirements that migration agents have to abide by, if they wish to be Registered Migration Agents.

If I was to use a migration agent, I would want one that had to abide under the migration agents code of practice, rather than one who didn't, and may not have the same level of knowledge as a migration agent.

Many people can do some visa applications alone, I did all of my wife's visa applications, but some people can't. There can be some complications that result in a refusal.

Some people don't have the time and prefer paying an expert, someone who only does visas, to do the majority of the work.

Doing it alone is much more stressful, even when you have years of government form filling experience.
 
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