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Difference between Agents & Lawyers

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Difference between Agents & Lawyers

Registered Australian Migration Agents:

Registered migration agents come under an Australian agency – OMARA (Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority). To become a registered migration agent, certain requirements must be fulfilled, including completing defined courses in Australian migration law, registering with OMARA, having indemnity insurance for your license holder, and engaging in yearly continued professional development (CPD) to upskill knowledge and maintain registration.

How can migration agents help you?

Migration agents can assist in preparing your basic visa application, reviewing documents and applications, organizing your skill assessment, and providing guidance on basic visa pathways.

However, it is essential to understand that migration agents have limited expertise as compared to Immigration Lawyers. Therefore, it is not advisable to solely rely on the services of any migration agent. The risk of a negative visa outcome is significantly higher as compared to seeking the guidance of an experienced Immigration Lawyer.

Additionally, the visa application process is likely to be more time-consuming and expensive when handled by a migration agent, as they may not find the most efficient visa pathway.

Australian Immigration Lawyers:

While registered immigration agents’ and immigration lawyers’ roles and obligations slightly overlap, they are not the same. The Australian immigration lawyers at F4MG are highly qualified and experienced legal professionals who meet specific criteria, including possessing an approved law degree, practical law training experience, passing the bar exam, and undergoing yearly Continued Professional Development (CPD) to upgrade their skills and knowledge.

Our Legal Practitioners will find the most optimal pathway for you and your family to migrate and settle in Australia, saving you time and money, with significantly higher chances of success compared to using the services of a regular agent.

Once F4MG takes on your case, you have a 99.9% chance of getting your visa! In the rare event that we determine you are not eligible for an Australian visa, we will not give you false hope or waste your time, and you will receive a full refund within 10 business days of signing up with us.

 Migration AgentsMigration Lawyers
QualificationAgents must complete 12 months certification or Diploma in Australian Migration LawLawyers must complete a law degree and Practical training, which takes at least 5 years.
RegistrationAgents have to be registered with MARA (Migration Agents Registration Authority).Lawyer are registered with the Legal Admission Board, the Law society. No registration with MARA is required.
Administrative Appeals TribunalAgents can guide individuals with basic visa applications.Lawyers can guide individuals with visa applications and merits review in AAT (the replaced body).
Other courtsAgents cannot guide you with appeals to Australian courts.Lawyers can guide with appeals to the FCCA (Federal Circuit Court of Australia) and the High Court of Australia.