If you are located overseas and are considering using an unregistered agent, please think again. Even though we an Australian migration consultancy firm located in Adelaide, South Australia we help people from all around the world. There are some clients I have helped where both the sponsor and the applicant have lived overseas or interstate and I have never had the chance to meet them.
The technology of email, telephone and internet make it possible for me to help clients anywhere in the world. The arrest of Sydney-man Eddie Kang is a timely reminder that we must always check with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority www.mara.gov.au if an agent is registered before we sign a fees and services agreement or hand over any money.
Migration agents who are registered will advertise this all over their website and emails with their seven-digit registration number, my migration agent's registration number is 0955608. We cannot stress enough how important it is to use a registered migration agent to help you lodge an Australian visa application. Australian migration law, regulations and policy can change quickly and be complex.
Registered migration agents have specialist training in Australian migration law and must keep up our registration by completing continuing professional development courses each year and follow other legal requirements such as abide by our code of conduct.
The registration system with Office of the Migration Agent's Authority was designed to protect people from the usually disastrous consequences of using an unregistered person. They just don't have the training, the knowledge, the skills and sometimes as in this case the ethics to represent people when it comes to Australian Immigration.