When you are dealing with your migration problems, it is paramount to choose a capable and reliable migration lawyer who is able to tailor a solution to your problem(s). Below are some things you should take note of when choosing a migration lawyer.

Licensed migration agent

In Australia, only licensed migration professionals by OMARA are legally permitted to provide migration related advice. When dealing with a person claiming to be a migration agent or expert, first request for his MARA registration number – or what he does may be illegal.

The benefit of retaining an OMARA certified professional include, amongst basic things such as proven expertise and abilities, protection from OMARA in the event of a negligently conducted matter causing visa failures and protections from exorbitant fees.

Familiarity with the migration laws and procedures

Migration law, as we have already discussed, is a construct of legislation and adhere to strict legal principles and provisions. One cannot talk about migration without alluding the legal provisions in the legislations.

As every visa requirement and policy traces its origin back to a relevant legislation, it is advisable to always ask your migration law why a particular thing is done in a certain way. A competent migration lawyer will be able to succinctly and specifically address your queries. If you migration lawyer appears unsure or is unable to pinpoint the exact legal provision for a particular migration issue, it should raise red flags that he is not a good migration lawyer.

Services and advice should be specific to your circumstances

Your migration lawyer should clearly understand your situation and provide advice and strategies tailored to your situation. At no time should he be providing a ‘template advice’, which should also raise some serious red flag about his abilities.

Fees

Migration agents are prohibited from charging unreasonable services fees. The usual fees charged for services are generally set out as follows

  • student and visitor visas: $1,000.00
  • partner, parent, child and other family visas: $3,000.00 to $4,000.00 each stage
  • employer sponsored visas: $5,500.00 to $7,000.00
  • AAT appeals: $5,500.00 to $6,500.00
  • Investor visas: $30,000.00 to $40,000.00
  • Others i.e. skilled migration etc: $3,000.00

Naturally, additional fees may be incurred if you have special circumstances (special health conditions; bad immigration record; criminal history etc), but services fees should generally be in the above range. If a migration lawyer purports to charge significantly above the above range without providing proper explanations as to why, it is a serious sign that you should reconsider your options.