Although I made my move to Australia without the services of an Australian Migration agent, many others wannabe Aussies choose to engage their services.
If you are considering seeking professional help, I can not stress enough; the importance of seeking the services of an agent registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).
I wrote an article back in 2008 titled How To Find A Registered Migration Agent and I recommend that you read this article before signing up for a migration agents services.
In Australia, migration agents must be registered and obey a code of conduct to provide immigration assistance or professional services.
Under the code migration agents have a range of commitments covering:
- interactions with the clients
- fees and charges, record keeping and financial management
- responsibilities toward other agents
- any employees they may have
- the requirement that they respond if a complaint is made against them
Recently Suspended Or Barred Australian Migration Agents
Unfortunately, not all migration agents have followed this code with MARA recently updating the list of migration agents who faced disciplinary actions for violating their code of conduct.
MARA reveals that between 2010 and 2019, 103 migration agents failed to comply with their obligations and faced disciplinary actions.
In 2018 alone, thirty-two migration agents were either ‘suspended’ or ‘barred’ from this profession for inappropriate conduct.
This is the list of migration agents who were subjected to disciplinary action between 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2018.
Consider checking this list before hiring your own migration agent.