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Old 06-23-2010, 10:24 PM
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Hi everyone,
I've rang an immigration agent for a few questions and he wants $500 for the 1st consultation. His assistant was very pushy, telling me I really need their help because the process is extremely complicated and the regulations are constantly changing, that I should book a consultation right now, that they have 100% success etc... It feels a bit like they just want my money and I'm wondering if I really need their help...
Thank you for taking time to answer my question.
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Old 06-24-2010, 03:01 AM
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Hi everyone,
I've rang an immigration agent for a few questions and he wants $500 for the 1st consultation. His assistant was very pushy, telling me I really need their help because the process is extremely complicated and the regulations are constantly changing, that I should book a consultation right now, that they have 100% success etc... It feels a bit like they just want my money and I'm wondering if I really need their help...
Thank you for taking time to answer my question.
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The regulations are reasonably straightforward and records might show that a greater % of people take the DIY approach than use agents.
If you read the information on the Immi site, taking the time to do it thoroughly you can see that the process does not need to be too complicated though there can be complexities in meeting requirements or choosing which path to follow as in your partner visa intent.
It is really up to you whether you do it yourself or want to pay an agent to offer options up for you but they cannot change the regulations nor have a magic wand to use for you.
I'll leave it up to you to decide if you think $500 is a reasonable initial consultation fee.





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I think I'm going back to my first approach which was doing it by ourselves.
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Its actually depends on your knowledge and amount of effort you want to put in ..


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Hi everyone,
I've rang an immigration agent for a few questions and he wants $500 for the 1st consultation. His assistant was very pushy, telling me I really need their help because the process is extremely complicated and the regulations are constantly changing, that I should book a consultation right now, that they have 100% success etc... It feels a bit like they just want my money and I'm wondering if I really need their help...
Thank you for taking time to answer my question.
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It is unfortunate that you had a bad experience with an agent and you should not feel pressured into using anyone’s services.

As to weather you can do it yourself will depend on what visa you are applying for and your personal situations.

Some visas can be very straight forward while other can be complicated.
Currently skilled visas have become more complicated due to the many changes constantly being introduced. It is even more complicated for International Student wanting to apply for skilled migration.

Whatever you decide to do, make sure that you are confident with your application as it is much more difficult and expensive to fix than to do it properly in the first place.

Raul T Senise Registered Australian Migration Agent, MARA No. 0636699
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