A registered Migration Agent is a professional with specific expertise in assisting clients to successfully apply for visas to come to, or remain in, Australia.
All practising Migration Agents are required to be registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA), which is part of the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
In order to remain registered, each Migration Agent is required to hold indemnity insurance, undertake continuing professional development and remain in good professional standing. Registered Migration Agents must also abide by MARA’s professional code of conduct at all times.
Valid registration is the best way to ensure your agent is fully compliant with all relevant standards and has the most up-to-date knowledge that will put you in the best position with your application.
Unfortunately, not all Migration Agents are validly registered; there have been numerous recent cases of dodgy ‘agents’ who accept client money and then fail to undertake the work they promise.
Always ensure your Migration Agent has current registration with the MARA – you can look them up on the MARA website: www.mara.gov.au
For more information on the MARA Code of Conduct, please click here.