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Old 07-09-2012, 12:59 AM
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Migration Agent/Lawyer

Hey all!

I wondered if anyone could share their experience about using a migration agent or lawyer and how much they charged you?

While searching, I found every price category. For a complete visa process I found agencies for $495 to $3500.

The current lawyer that I am using on an hourly basis charges $250 an hour!

What are you experiences and, most importantly, is it worth it? (My case isnt the strongest, if it was, I would mostl likely not use an agent)

Hope to hear lots of experiences here :-)


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Old 07-09-2012, 02:10 AM
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I think it depends on the complexity of your visa application or it is an MRT. Usually migration lawyer bills you per hour of service, however, there are lawyers/migration agents who charges on a fixed basis.

My brother engages the service of a lawyer/migration agent for his visa application who charged us a fixed amount.


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Old 07-09-2012, 02:17 AM
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Hey Nucky!

Would you mind telling me how much he charges you?


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Old 07-09-2012, 04:42 AM
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I'm engaging with agent instead of lawyers. Sorry to tell this that lawyers normally charge in hourly basis which will suck till you dry.
I got mine with fixed amount, AUD2850 for agent fees & AUD3150 for processing fees pay to DIAC which shall total payout of AUD 6000 (exclude medical and police check, translation fees...etc)
Due to currency constraint, I forked out amounting of RM 20,000 for this. Comparing to previous years with ringgit still strong, my friend pay off less than the amount i paid.


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Old 07-11-2012, 05:10 AM
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Hey all!

I wondered if anyone could share their experience about using a migration agent or lawyer and how much they charged you?

While searching, I found every price category. For a complete visa process I found agencies for $495 to $3500.

The current lawyer that I am using on an hourly basis charges $250 an hour!

What are you experiences and, most importantly, is it worth it? (My case isnt the strongest, if it was, I would mostl likely not use an agent)

Hope to hear lots of experiences here :-)
What type of visa are you trying to get?

For skilled migration the agents usually charge about $3000, for partner visas between $2000 and $3000, for an advice between $80 and $250.

You say your case isn't really the strongest one. Then I suggest you go with the best and the most experienced ones...

We went with a financially viable registered migration agent and from our home country, but received a bad advice and lost at least $3000 because of it.

Good luck!


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Old 07-11-2012, 05:26 AM
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Hey bma,

yeah I should have stated this before: We are applying for a de facto 820 onshore. :-)

I am sorry to hear that you lost so much money on a crappy agent, unfortunately, this is what I keep on hearing from people!!! Thats why I am super unsure, whether I should "use" one!!!


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Old 07-11-2012, 05:33 AM
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Hey bma,

yeah I should have stated this before: We are applying for a de facto 820 onshore. :-)

I am sorry to hear that you lost so much money on a crappy agent, unfortunately, this is what I keep on hearing from people!!! Thats why I am super unsure, whether I should "use" one!!!
Where's the problem, perhaps us - forum users can help you with your case? In general, if there's a straightforward 820 case, you don't need the agent. Straightforward - nobody was married when your relationship started, you have lots of evidence, etc.

On the other side the agent can't get you the visa if you don't have the evidence. They know their ways, but still you need to provide them with some evidence...

De-facto application is a bit more complicated, cause you actually need to prove 12 months of your relationship. Usually the officer asks for the evidence from the period when your relationship started, from somewhere in the middle and from the time of the application...


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There are just so many "little" questions I have!

The biggest question atm is: When I come back on a tourist visa, do I really need to wait until my visa ceases so I can get the Bridging Visa and remove work restrictions. I just dont know what to do in those 3 months...Sitting at home seems like a nightmare to me, I think you cannot even do Volunteer work?!

We moved together March 29th (to his parents house),got our relationship certificate May 17th, and I had/haveto go back to uni for exams and handing in my dissertation for 5 weeks each time in May and in August. hence there are some gaps.
Actually the plan was to apply when I come back in September when I fly back to Sydney, but all people suggest that by then, we havent "collected" enough months. Obviously we have the suggested hard evidence (like bank account and so on), but only from April 2012 on..... before that we had a long distance relationship (3 weeks holidays in Bali in Dec-Jan2012). We dated in 2005 and 2008/9 with evidence of mutual friends stat decl. and photos only. (I always had to leave Australia because of visa or studies).
Officially we decided to be together again in August 2011.

And because the waiver is so unclear...as in how much time of the 12 months it actually waives, we thought it might be good to get a little advise here and there.


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Old 07-11-2012, 06:16 AM
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There are just so many "little" questions I have!

The biggest question atm is: When I come back on a tourist visa, do I really need to wait until my visa ceases so I can get the Bridging Visa and remove work restrictions. I just dont know what to do in those 3 months...Sitting at home seems like a nightmare to me, I think you cannot even do Volunteer work?!

We moved together March 29th (to his parents house),got our relationship certificate May 17th, and I had/haveto go back to uni for exams and handing in my dissertation for 5 weeks each time in May and in August. hence there are some gaps.
Actually the plan was to apply when I come back in September when I fly back to Sydney, but all people suggest that by then, we havent "collected" enough months. Obviously we have the suggested hard evidence (like bank account and so on), but only from April 2012 on..... before that we had a long distance relationship (3 weeks holidays in Bali in Dec-Jan2012). We dated in 2005 and 2008/9 with evidence of mutual friends stat decl. and photos only. (I always had to leave Australia because of visa or studies).
Officially we decided to be together again in August 2011.

And because the waiver is so unclear...as in how much time of the 12 months it actually waives, we thought it might be good to get a little advise here and there.
So you're in Germany at the moment?

The thing with de-facto application is that you need the evidence for the last 12 months of your relationship. It's a must.

So you registered your relationship in May? I've read that registering the relationship waives about 6 months, but I don't know if that's true.

And you've been a de-facto couple since August 2011, but with evidence since April 2012?

And you're flying back to Oz in September, on an eVisitor? I assume you already have your eVisitor? And you were thinking of applying for 820 in December, right?

Have you thought about getting married? Prospective marriage visa is a good option as well and you can work...


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Old 07-11-2012, 06:28 AM
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So you're in Germany at the moment?
No currently I am in Sydney living with him on a sublease away from his parents until August 7th, when I have to fly home for my dissertation/graduation

The thing with de-facto application is that you need the evidence for the last 12 months of your relationship. It's a must.
So you registered your relationship in May? I've read that registering the relationship waives about 6 months, but I don't know if that's true.
Yeaj I have "heard" that as well couple of times, but actually there is no "official" number. There are couples who applied after 3-4months and got it, as well as couples who tried it with 8-9months...

And you've been a de-facto couple since August 2011, but with evidence since April 2012?
I guess it is hard to tell when we were officially in a de facto relationship. As I understand, you have to be living together for being considered de facto. Thats why I will phrase it like this: August 2011: Relationship, December 2011: We decided to be in a de facto relationship, with me living with him in Australia as soon as my studies permit, hence I came over in April 2012

And you're flying back to Oz in September, on an eVisitor? I assume you already have your eVisitor? And you were thinking of applying for 820 in December, right?
Thats correct. Actually we wanted to apply earlier, but I dont see any point in doing so, because I have to wait for my Bridging Visa anyway until December

Have you thought about getting married? Prospective marriage visa is a good option as well and you can work...
We dont really wanna marry as yet (just for immigration) and I really dont want to be apart when applying for a PMV offshore!

We did consider for me to apply for a student visa for 6 months (Diploma in something.....) that way I could work for 20 hours a week....

Thanks for your help btw :-)


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