Are you spending time browsing through different social media tools, websites, wading through discussions and blog posts, talking to co-workers, neighbors, friends, friends of friends, strangers on Linkedin and others in your network to assist you with lodging a visa application? Are you basing your “life time” dream plan on their inputs and opinions on how to go about lodging a visa application?
Do you really have the time for this? Would you rather not focus on your career and leave the stress of submitting an application to experienced professionals?
Many people try to get penny wise and pound foolish when it comes to engaging a Migration Agent to lodge their visa application. Blogs and discussion forums encourage each one to submit the application on their own. While this is very much possible, one must really think about it and ask themselves if engaging professional assistance is an additional expense or if it actually a wise investment? This article goes through the top few reasons why you might consider using an expert migration agent to assist with your application.
1.Migration Rules Change Constantly
The migration landscape changes constantly – an option which may have been a good one last year may now not be possible. So far in 2017, we have seen:
- Major Changes to the Skilled Occupations Lists for General Skilled Migration, 457 visa and Employer Nomination Scheme.
- Higher point scores required for Skill Select invitations for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visas, especially for the pro rata occupations.
- Several States have made significant changes to their State Migration Plans (eg: Tasmania, ACT, Queensland, Victoria)
- Partner visas now must be lodged online with paper applications no longer being accepted
Part of a migration agent’s job is to keep up to date with all changes to Migration Rules and settings, so that they can ensure that their clients are aware of all opportunities as they arise.
Qualifying for migration to Australia is getting more competitive, so having a skilled migration agent on your side can give you confidence and peace of mind.
2. Dealing with the Department of Immigration can be taxing.
Due to funding cuts and an increase in the number of visa applications lodged, the Department of Immigration is less accessible than was previously the case.
- They now prefer to deal with clients electronically, and getting through on the phone is very difficult
- Visa applications are now processed by teams, and you will no longer have a dedicated case manager processing your file. This makes it difficult to discuss any special circumstances which may apply to your case
- Immigration is indicating that they will refuse applications where they are not fully documented
- Where they do ask for further information, the request from Immigration can be difficult to understand – applicants can easily make a mistake and not provide the documentation as required
An experienced migration agent will ensure that your case is as fully documented so that any requests from Immigration are minimised. If you do receive a request for further information, they will be able to advise you clearly about which documentation will address the issues raised. Where necessary, they can escalate issues to management to get problems resolved.
3. Backup Plan incase of unprecedented situations
With the migration landscape changing so quickly, it is a good idea to make sure that you are considering all relevant options rather than putting all your eggs into one basket.
Proficient migration agents will be able to advise you on all of the available options. They will be able to assist in identifying the one which is best suited to your situation. On top of this, they will be able to make sure that you keep your options open as long as possible, just in case changes to migration settings mean that the main option is no longer possible.
Due to the constant changes, obtaining permanent residence in Australia can be a highly stressful experience. Having a dedicated migration agent to guide you through all the ups and downs of the migration process can be a great comfort, aside from improving your chances of a successful outcome.
4. You May Only Have Once Chance to Get it Right
If your application is refused, this will usually mean that you lose the Department of Immigration application fees – which can be many thousands of dollars. However, there may be more significant ramifications such as:
- Refusal on the basis for false or misleading information can result in a 10-year ban on visa approvals
- Onshore refusal can result in a Section 48 bar – this would prevent you from lodging further visa applications from within Australia
- Some visa applications must be lodged within a certain timeframe for you to be eligible – such as the Graduate Skilled Subclass 485 visa
- Your age can be an important factor in many skilled visa types
- If the migration rules change after you lodge, you may not be able to re-lodge your application
Capable migration agents will thoroughly check your application before it’s lodged, so that a simple mistake will not jeopardise your immigration future.
VenturaWorld, a Bangalore based Immigration firm, not only has many years of valuable experience but we are also a highly dedicated and committed team. We only focus on a limited number of cases each month so that your dedicated Case manager is able to give due attention and focus to your individual application. Also our Registered Migration Agent is based out of Melbourne and has more than a decade of experience with all types of applications.
If you would like to engage with us, the best way to proceed is to book an initial consultation with one of our advisors. Aside from explaining the immigration process and your migration options, you will be able to judge for yourself what it’s like to work with VenturaWorld and whether we are the right partner for you.
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