Why should we use a Migration Agent?
Firstly, you should use only a person who is a Registered Migration Agent. It is an offence to give immigration advice and assistance in Australia without being a Registered Migration Agent. Registered Migration Agents are bound by a strict code of conduct and must maintain professional knowledge and standards. We regularly update our professional knowledge and monitor developments in migration law to ensure that we can give up-to-date and appropriate advice to our clients.
You can benefit from the many years of experience that MSM Legal can offer. Collectively we have over 40 years of experience as Registered Migration Agents. This means that we have seen it all and we can draw upon this experience to give you advice about your options.
If you use an agent to prepare and handle your application, they will advise you on your eligibility, prepare the application forms for your consideration prior to lodgement, keep you informed about the process, and they will take on the responsibility of liaising with the Department of Home Affairs on your behalf. This saves you stress and time and can mean the difference between a refusal and approval.
How long will my application take?
We aim to have your application prepared and ready for lodgement as soon as possible. If you have a visa expiry deadline, we will work with you to ensure that your next application is lodged in time.
Once the application is lodged with the Department of Home Affairs, the time it takes for an outcome varies considerably. Every case is different. We often hear people saying “my friend’s application was decided in two weeks!”, and perhaps it was. However, no two cases are alike, the application may be assigned to a different case team, there could be a rush of similar applications or because the Department has a limit on the number of visas they can grant in a particular time period.
What will my application cost?
Once we know more about your circumstances and the pathway chosen, we can advise you on the costs you can expect to incur for your application process.
Our professional fees do not include the costs of the visa application charge, skill assessment fees out any other out of pocket expenses.
If you decide to use our services, we will provide you with a schedule of fees outlining the known costs for your application. If there are changes to costs during the process, we will let you know.
My visa has expired but I really want to stay in Australia, what can I do?
Firstly, you need good advice and fast. If you have stayed in Australia after your visa has expired, you are at risk of being detained by the Department of Home Affairs, and perhaps removed.
Depending on how long ago your visa expired, you may have an exclusion clause preventing the grant of a range of visas to come back to Australia. This clause can only be waived in limited circumstances.
In some circumstances it is possible to make another visa application onshore if you have overstayed your visa, but not always.
We always recommend that a person who has overstayed their visa attempts to ‘regularise’ their visa status with the Department as soon as possible.
Do you offer a No Win – No Fee Service?
The short answer is no. We cannot guarantee an outcome on any application as the final decision is not made by us.