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Old 04-30-2019, 03:24 PM
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Hi all, I wanted some opinions on using a immigration agent. My fiance and I are looking to start the PMV process, but am unsure if paying the additional costs of using an agent to assist in the process will add a lot to our application. I wanted to hear some opinions and experiences. I like the idea of a little more peace of mind, but the cost could almost pay for the DOHA application fee so it's quite significant (the agent fee would be for PMV, tourist visa and temp partner visa).


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It depends. If the case is not straightforward, and there are many reasons that one wouldn't be, then an RMA would be a good choice. If it is straightforward and you're willing to do your homework on the subject, then there may be no reason to.

It's a hard question to answer as no one here will know your circumstances. That being said, ours was relatively straight forward and we did it all on our own. Others have tried and made serious mistakes that in some cases cost them thousands of dollars extra and the need to hire a professional anyway.

It's hard to not think about the cost when the application fee alone is so high. But I'd recommend just getting into the research and start compiling your evidences. If you don't feel confident in what you're doing, then hire an RMA. Because if cost is something you're concerned about, you have to also consider the fact that a botched application done on your own could mean you're $7k+ out of pocket and without a visa!

But again, we did it ourselves. Mostly through the help of the awesome volunteers on this forum.

Edit: Stay off the partner visa group on Facebook. Absolutely riddled with misinformation...


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It depends. If the case is not straightforward, and there are many reasons that one wouldn't be, then an RMA would be a good choice. If it is straightforward and you're willing to do your homework on the subject, then there may be no reason to.

It's a hard question to answer as no one here will know your circumstances. That being said, ours was relatively straight forward and we did it all on our own. Others have tried and made serious mistakes that in some cases cost them thousands of dollars extra and the need to hire a professional anyway.

It's hard to not think about the cost when the application fee alone is so high. But I'd recommend just getting into the research and start compiling your evidences. If you don't feel confident in what you're doing, then hire an RMA. Because if cost is something you're concerned about, you have to also consider the fact that a botched application done on your own could mean you're $7k+ out of pocket and without a visa!

But again, we did it ourselves. Mostly through the help of the awesome volunteers on this forum.

Edit: Stay off the partner visa group on Facebook. Absolutely riddled with misinformation...
Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your time. It was the answer I was expecting really, but I still had to ask anyway. I'm not sure what would be considered straight forward, but I am wondering if we aren't straight forward. We have done a fair amount of research and are mostly comfortable with a lot of the information required. It's the questions relating to the genuineness of our relationship and the description / timeline of the relationship that I wonder about. Not because it's not true, but because I am imaging it can be hard to prove to someone else in just writing, and this is where I thought the agent may be more help, in the wording of these responses to ensure we right things as clear and concise as it needs to be in order to help and not hinder our application.

Also thank you for the tip re the facebook visa group. I did have a look at it, but wasnt filled with confidence. This forum seemed like much better content.


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Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your time. It was the answer I was expecting really, but I still had to ask anyway. I'm not sure what would be considered straight forward, but I am wondering if we aren't straight forward. We have done a fair amount of research and are mostly comfortable with a lot of the information required. It's the questions relating to the genuineness of our relationship and the description / timeline of the relationship that I wonder about. Not because it's not true, but because I am imaging it can be hard to prove to someone else in just writing, and this is where I thought the agent may be more help, in the wording of these responses to ensure we right things as clear and concise as it needs to be in order to help and not hinder our application.

Also thank you for the tip re the facebook visa group. I did have a look at it, but wasnt filled with confidence. This forum seemed like much better content.
the official government site used to give examples of what to provide to prove a genuine relationship. just follow that and no problem and I think that about 99% of applications go through smoothly but someone may correct me on that . I still have records of my ex wife 's application in late 2014 I think and let me know if you think
I might know something which would help . good luck with it and I expect to be doing the onshore spouse visa application for my future wife this year.. I am trying to get advice on this site about tourust visa/ onshore application / bridging visa links .


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About half of DIY applicants either stuff up or give up.
It is sound practice to consult a RMA, at least for an initial assessment.

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I am perfectly capable of lodging my own tax returns, yet I pay a professional to do it for me. He always saves me time and money and I don’t need to deal with the ATO myself.

It’s a matter of choice really, although I have seen enough DIY applications to come to the conclusion that many people are poorly equipped to deal with the process themselves.

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Here is a link to a typical AAT caseload review:

https://www.aat.gov.au/AAT/media/AAT...cs-2016-17.pdf

Most visa refusals are not reviewable on the merits, unless the applicant was sponsored or had applied onshore and some eligible refused applicants do not apply for a review, for financial or other reasons.

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Hi all, I wanted some opinions on using a immigration agent. My fiance and I are looking to start the PMV process, but am unsure if paying the additional costs of using an agent to assist in the process will add a lot to our application. I wanted to hear some opinions and experiences. I like the idea of a little more peace of mind, but the cost could almost pay for the DOHA application fee so it's quite significant (the agent fee would be for PMV, tourist visa and temp partner visa).
We did ours ourselves, and everything went OK, although we had many hours of worry. Always wondering if we had done enough. We had almost 4 years of that worry, from the 300 application to the 801 grant.

In hindsight, I would have done the option to get a migration agent to check over our application, before we lodged it ourselves. I am sure it would have reduced some of our anxiety.

I have seen some people asking question on here about how to do everything, and sometimes I say to myself "that one NEEDS a migration agent"

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but the cost could almost pay for the DOHA application fee so it's quite significant (the agent fee would be for PMV, tourist visa and temp partner visa
Nowhere near it!

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Nowhere near it!
What do you mean nowhere near it?


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