The Department of Home Affairs has offered details of how to avail services of Australia Registered Migration Agents. It has said that individuals can lodge any kind of application or claim for asylum by themselves. Majority of the applications are also available online, it added.
Nevertheless, the DHA has said that if individuals are not confident in submitting the application for a visa, they can avail services of Australia Registered Migration Agents. Also in cases wherein the visa application is complex, their services can be obtained in assistance for dealing with the DHA.
Obligations for using RMAs
Applicants are responsible for the precision of the data and supporting documentation offered as a part of the visa application. This is so even if you have obtained services of RMAs. Your visa may be canceled if you offer false documents or make untrue claims.
Registration of agents
Immigration agents in Australia must be registered with the Migration Agents Registration Authority Office. You must avail services of only registered migration agents, as quoted by the Home Affairs Gov AU. Registration offers you safety. It also ensures that people working as immigration agents are updated of the latest procedures and laws and offer correct advice.
Identifying an RMA
MARA office website has the list of all agents in Australia who possess valid registration. These can be searched for with their personal details – business name, given name, family name etc. They can also be identified by location details – country, suburb, and postcode.
DHA’s interaction with RMAs
The Department of Home Affairs discusses your visa application with the RMA and seeks additional information from them. It sends any written communication regarding your application to your chosen RMA. They thus become your authorized recipient. It will also consider that any written communication sent to the RMA as being received by you.
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