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Visa 176 Application - Use a Migration Agent or go it alone?

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Old 01-03-2010, 08:12 PM
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Visa 176 Application - Use a Migration Agent or go it alone?


Myself and my partner are about to start our Visa application, but are unsure whether to use an Agent or do it ourselves.

We have had advice from family members, some have used an agent and some have done it on their own, but although we could possibly save up to 2000, we are still unsure which avenue to take.

We would appreciate any help and advice to help us through the Visa minefield.

We are applying for a Skilled-sponsored (migrant) Visa, subclass 176. (My sister is sponsoring us)

Many thanks for any help or advice you can give.

Happy 2010

Jason and Viki

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Old 01-03-2010, 10:18 PM
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Hi Jason,
As long as you're prepared to take your time in reading/understanding what's on the immi site, shouldn't be a problem and then you are not relying on a third party to get it right in submitting everything and getting feedback.

Question does get asked regularly, and what I put on a recent thread is;
Hi SH and welcome to the forum, a forum where you might find someinfo so you can attempt to glean for yourself whether you need to use an immigration agent.

It's no secret that most people do not use agents and with the success of an application resting in you meeting the eligibility requirements and presenting them correctly, you'll still need to collect your information together and hand over to an agent so they can fill in and file an application for you.

The eligibility section of the 175 visa has a self assessment table easy to use and each heading is a link to explanatory information.
The applying for this visa section has a Checklist which is clearly laid out, again with links and plenty of information in other sections and the Booklet you'll find referenced for the 175.

I'd expect that people doing a DIY application would have been prepared to commit some time and effort to thoroughly reading all the available info and one advantage is keeping control yourself, not to mention what may be a considerable agent's fee.

An application by an agent does not get any additional priority and if extra time is taken in you getting information to an agent, then that could in effect slow matters down.

Also have a look at links on Professionals and other Skilled Migrants - Workers - Visas & Immigration , What's New and second listing there on processing priorities to give you an idea of possible processing times.
You may want to consider an Employer Sponsored approach.
Think/look at 176 where 175 is mentioned [basically the same], use the Checklist and print off a few copies so you can do a dummy run and then that becomes your reference copy.

Getting your skill assessment done can also be a costly exercise too, cost varying with who is doing it, what skill you have.
Also read the processiong priority FAQ as that'll give you an idea of likely time frame for whole exercise you'll be looking at. [linked page not showing in quote above]

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Old 01-04-2010, 08:37 AM
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Hi Wanderer
Thank you for replying so quickly, im going to get together with my girlfriend and have a good 'chat' and decide what to do.
Paperwork has never been a strong point for me, and although Viki is superb with things like this, I do get very nervous as I want to make sure its all done right.

Thanks again


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