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Old 08-09-2011, 07:58 PM
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Hi, and thank you for reading my post.

We are planning to apply for Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300). I am Australian living in London and she is Russian living in Tomsk (Russia).

Can you recommend a good migration agent? We made two enquiries and believe the agents were questionable. One attempted to emotionally pressure us to use more expensive option and the other has habit of underlining text and highlighting in horrible yellow. After this we are hesitant to use an agent as we have already done lot of the work our selves.

I would say we are about way through preparing for our submission and the primary objectives we want to achieve from using migration agent are:
  1. Review evidence we collected and identify weaknesses.
  2. Make recommendations regarding our timing in case we should wait and collect more evidence.

What is the experience people here have with migration agents? Are they worth using?

We plan to share our experiences in the process as we go along and hopefully help others.

Any advice will be much appreciated, dobby34


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Old 08-09-2011, 09:02 PM
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Hi dobby

Migration Agents are not necessary, but they can be a big help if your case is complicated.... I used a migration agent for my partners application (am still using them, as its 2 step process for us). I chose to use a migration agent as our case was complicated, and I wasn't feeling 100% confident given how much trouble we had getting a tourist visa for my partner. We used a migration agent in Sydney (we live in another city/state in Australia), and they have been fantastic -- very thorough, very prompt, very professional, very experienced (& particularly have experience with the overseas embassy we're dealing with), and its really helped me set my mind at ease.

I went to them due to a recommendation from another couple I met from south america who had used them successfully. Perhaps you need to do the same (ie get personal recommendation for a particular agent in London...) A little tip -- if they have an office in Australia, it might be a good sign. Their colleagues in Australia have to be registered with MARA, which requires them to have had advanced post-graduate training w/ Australian university & abide by ethical codes. Good luck.

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Old 08-10-2011, 10:13 PM
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Hi TheSkyIsBlue

My finance posted a thread on another website in Russian and there she was told that agents are of no help and that we already have enough evidence in our case. Apparently lots of girls on the site (in Russian language) got their visa (one did not but got it after going to a tribunal she did). So I am feeling optimistic.

That said, feel free to make a recontamination. We have not made our final decision yet. It would be best if they are in Australia.

Yes, I think tourist visa can be a problem since in theory she could try to get married in AU? We are planning to have her come over on tourist visa after she has the interview. Apparently it is possible but difficult?

dobby


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Old 08-11-2011, 05:27 PM
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Hi Dobby,

I have used a migration agent from the London area. He is MARA registered, and has been very efficient.
He offers a variety of services, including checking over the application etc before it is lodged if you have put the application together yourselves.
I was never hassled after my initial enquirey, and have received regular updates from him.
If you would like anymore info. drop me a message .:-)


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Hi Kazza

It depends on how much he/she charges I suppose as we have already made some progress in our application. I would say we are 1/2 done. My situation is somewhat complicated by the fact that I am moving to Australia form UK at the same time.

Two interesting things I have found recently. Divorce certificate doesn't have to be certified (even if you don't have the original with a red stamp). Also, statements from non-Australians don't have to be signed in front of Notary Public. This is for the AU consulate in Moscow.

Hope this helps someone.

Dobby


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Old 08-17-2011, 07:57 PM
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I am registered migration agent and can assist you with your enquiries.

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Originally Posted by dobby34 View Post
Hi, and thank you for reading my post.

We are planning to apply for Prospective Marriage Visa (Subclass 300). I am Australian living in London and she is Russian living in Tomsk (Russia).

Can you recommend a good migration agent? We made two enquiries and believe the agents were questionable. One attempted to emotionally pressure us to use more expensive option and the other has habit of underlining text and highlighting in horrible yellow. After this we are hesitant to use an agent as we have already done lot of the work our selves.

I would say we are about way through preparing for our submission and the primary objectives we want to achieve from using migration agent are:
  1. Review evidence we collected and identify weaknesses.
  2. Make recommendations regarding our timing in case we should wait and collect more evidence.

What is the experience people here have with migration agents? Are they worth using?

We plan to share our experiences in the process as we go along and hopefully help others.

Any advice will be much appreciated, dobby34


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Old 09-18-2011, 11:22 AM
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Hi theskyisblue,

Can you tell me who is the migration agent you used? I'm interested in seeing one to get some advice on how my boyfriend can come to stay in Australia.

Thanks for your help.


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Hi dobby

Migration Agents are not necessary, but they can be a big help if your case is complicated.... I used a migration agent for my partners application (am still using them, as its 2 step process for us). I chose to use a migration agent as our case was complicated, and I wasn't feeling 100% confident given how much trouble we had getting a tourist visa for my partner. We used a migration agent in Sydney (we live in another city/state in Australia), and they have been fantastic -- very thorough, very prompt, very professional, very experienced (& particularly have experience with the overseas embassy we're dealing with), and its really helped me set my mind at ease.

I went to them due to a recommendation from another couple I met from south america who had used them successfully. Perhaps you need to do the same (ie get personal recommendation for a particular agent in London...) A little tip -- if they have an office in Australia, it might be a good sign. Their colleagues in Australia have to be registered with MARA, which requires them to have had advanced post-graduate training w/ Australian university & abide by ethical codes. Good luck.


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Old 09-19-2011, 08:40 PM
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For what it's worth, I have used Philip from marriagevisahelp dot com but only for 1 hour consultation so far. She was super helpful so I am happy to recommend her.

dobby


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Old 09-28-2011, 01:36 PM
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Sorry for the late reply dobby but thanks heaps for the info. Appreciate it


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