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Old 06-05-2019, 08:06 PM
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Looking for a Migration Agent

Hello,

I figure there are a few migration agents on this site so Iíd like to see what they offer and Iíll chose the best offer.

I'd like to apply for a Partner Visa.

My fiancť is living in Brunswick Heads, NSW at the moment and Iím Canadian currently in Canada. We met in Australia in January 2017 before I had to return to Canada. We started a long distance relationship in June 2017 before reuniting again in January 2018 while I was on a student visa. We were together until I had to leave Australia in April 2019. We registered our relationship in NSW before I left. My partner proposed to me after I left Australia, about a month ago.

We were originally going to apply for the partner visa or another student visa toward the end of my student visa but some unfortunate circumstances took place which dug into our savings and we couldnít financially do either. I was going to get an ETA while my partner got organized but then I found out I had to leave the country to apply for it. By that time, I didnít have enough time left on my student visa to wait for a different onshore tourist visa to be approved so I had to suddenly make a last minute plan to go back to Canada.

Looking back on the evidence we have, we donít have much to prove that we lived together because we either lived for free on a friends property, did work in exchange for accommodation, stayed on campsites, and stayed at airbnbs. We also canít quite get statements from some these landlords. However, we have other evidence.

We also have a complicated situation with my son, 16. He is currently in custody of my parents here in Canada. Iíve read that I can include him on the partner visa as long as my parents give a statement that they approve of him to be included on the partner visa. (We will not change the custody because its costly and he is too close to being 18). We figure that since itís going to take some time to process the visa it will be best for him to finish his year 11 and 12 in Canada. After year 12 (he will be 18 by then) we hope that the partner visa will have been approved and he can go to university as an Australian permanent resident. Iím also not so sure if I can go to Australia to get our living space organized with my fiancť while my son is finishing school in Canada because then they might say that my son isnít a dependant childÖ. The last thing I want happen is for him to turn 18 and Iíll have to show his dependancy on me by paying $50000 a year for his engineering degree as an international student :/

Anyway, Iím pretty well organized and as much as I try to figure this partner visa by myself, I think I need to accept the fact that immigration makes things so complicated these days that you do need a lawyer.

Here are some of the options I was thinking:
-Apply for the partner visa overseas, get a student visa while waiting for the partner visa to be processed, and leave the country in time for the partner visa grant.
-Do the same as above but for the prospective marriage visa because I donít quite have enough proof of us living together
-Get an ETA or a 6 month tourist visa and apply for the partner visa or marriage visa within the country
-Get a student visa and apply for the onshore partner visa.

So, please let us know what the costs would be for just advice and/or for your agency submit the visa. Is this going to cost thousands of dollars? Do you have any sort of payment plans? Or do you even have a deal to process now and pay when the visa is granted?

Thank you very much.


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Old 06-05-2019, 08:54 PM
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I came across this source recently. Haven't looked at it in length but might be useful:
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Edit: I was told by a moderator to remove the link. Seems like they want to protect a few certain agents here who use this forum as their personal client pool. Anyway, I don't know the person, just came across her website in another forum. You can search yourself for it if interested: Partner Visa Guide / Fiona Chan. Don't know if she is registered but she claims to be Aussie and a lawyer. IMO a registered agent does not ensure your visa will go any smoother either, your mileage may vary...

I think if you can fill out government forms, comprehend English and are organized it is pretty straight forward, though it can be a long and tedious process. The Aussies tend to make their forms more complicated than need be, say in comparison to Canada or the US where it is much clearer and in plain English.

Regarding a dependent, there are two short forms to include. One getting permission from the custodial guardians and one adding he/she to your application. There are different forms and application criteria depending on if the dependent is under 18 or not (and different fees of course). One note of caution, if the dependent turns 18 during the process, you have to amend it slightly.....I know from experience.


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Old 06-05-2019, 11:54 PM
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I wouldn't use anyone who isn't registered (although the partner visa guide looks flashy, the author is not a registered migration agent).

The migration agents who regularly post on this forum are reputable and I think any could assist you, so contact them and see which you feel most comfortable with. I don't know much about custodial issues with including children but I believe for a child visa you must demonstrate that they have been dependent on you for 12 months prior to application so the fact that your parents have custody may be an issue. But let the migration agents explain the facts based on regulations and policy and you can take it from there.

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I came across this source recently. Haven't looked at it in length but might be useful.
Can you provide the Migration Agent Registration Number of the person you are promoting in your comment and where her office in Australia is?

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Can you provide the Migration Agent Registration Number of the person you are promoting in your comment and where her office in Australia is?
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Old 06-06-2019, 04:41 AM
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Previously when that link was shared here it was riddled with basic mistakes on the free section. Hopefully they have updated it since


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[QUOTE=Aztec;1953719]I came across this source recently. Haven't looked at it in length but might be useful:
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Edit: I was told by a moderator to remove the link. Seems like they want to protect a few certain agents here who use this forum as their personal client pool. Anyway, I don't know the person, just came across her website in another forum. You can search yourself for it if interested: Partner Visa Guide / Fiona Chan. Don't know if she is registered but she claims to be Aussie and a lawyer. IMO a registered agent does not ensure your visa will go any smoother either, your mileage may vary...

Hello Aztec

When I was preparing for my wife's partner visa I purchased the "Partner Visa Guide" and assumed that the author was an RMA - WRONG! If you are a regular reader of this forum you will have seen horror stories from contributors about unregistered agents. Why would anyone bother? If they are going to spend money on an agent they may as well do so with a Registered MA. Slick websites purporting to be located in Sydney Australia simply take advantage of unsuspecting people. Yes I purchased the guide and it was a useful referral (one of many references available) but then came the emails about 1 time offers to look over the Application for a discounted price of $xxx (I was expecting a follow up email offering free saucepans)

I don't think the moderator is protecting any of the RMA's on this site. My own take on these guys (Nick from CCMS and Westly from wrussell) is that they are extremely generous with their time and comments and greatly value add to this forum. I haven't seen one post from either of these guys that indicates they are pushing themselves onto contributors for work.

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I came across this source recently. Haven't looked at it in length but might be useful:
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Edit: I was told by a moderator to remove the link. Seems like they want to protect a few certain agents here who use this forum as their personal client pool. Anyway, I don't know the person, just came across her website in another forum. You can search yourself for it if interested: Partner Visa Guide / Fiona Chan. Don't know if she is registered but she claims to be Aussie and a lawyer. IMO a registered agent does not ensure your visa will go any smoother either, your mileage may vary...

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I would be careful about making any allegations on a public forum. There is a lot more to the story than you know. I did not ask for the link to be removed, so maybe the moderator knows something you don’t.

This forum is not my personal client pool and I am not interested in starting a bidding war for the benefit of the OP. I really don’t need the work that badly.

There are a number of unqualified/ unregistered people out there who make money from their various publications. As someone who pays registration fees, insurance, subscribes to a professional library, attends expensive Professional Development courses and is bound by a Code of Conduct and professional ethical standards I do resent the fact that unregistered operators are allowed to operate at all.
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When I was preparing for my wife's partner visa I purchased the "Partner Visa Guide" and assumed that the author was an RMA - WRONG! If you are a regular reader of this forum you will have seen horror stories from contributors about unregistered agents. Why would anyone bother? If they are going to spend money on an agent they may as well do so with a Registered MA. Slick websites purporting to be located in Sydney Australia simply take advantage of unsuspecting people. Yes I purchased the guide and it was a useful referral (one of many references available) but then came the emails about 1 time offers to look over the Application for a discounted price of $xxx (I was expecting a follow up email offering free saucepans)

I don't think the moderator is protecting any of the RMA's on this site. My own take on these guys (Nick from CCMS and Westly from wrussell) is that they are extremely generous with their time and comments and greatly value add to this forum. I haven't seen one post from either of these guys that indicates they are pushing themselves onto contributors for work.
I agree, the migration agents shown in the Sticky: Registered Migration Agents do provide a lot of free info on this forum, and have proven themselves to be helpful.

That one being discussed has its own "private closed community" for chat, unlike this one which is available to the public, and allows information from other Migration agents who quote their MARA number..

Their website, although saying 'free' also quotes $687 for The Partner Visa Guide, 2 Statutory Declaration Reviews AND 20-minute Skype session.

One thing to note, if people read everything from her website, is a last comment that says:
  • Remember; always seek advice from the appropriate professional before proceeding.

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Providing migration advice while at the same time claiming not be providing migration advice is an interesting approach to business.

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