A special body makes sure that the advice, assistance and recommendation visa applicants receive from their migration agents are true, legal and up to date. This governmental body is known as the Migration Agents Registration Authority.
Visa applicants should ensure that their migration professional is a MARA registered agent if they plan on applying for an Australian visa to work and live or visit Australia. Residents and citizens who plan on sponsoring someone to visit or stay in Australia should also seek professional advice from a registered agent.
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Only agents that are MARA registered can legally give immigration assistance in Australia. You should check the status of your agent by ensuring that they are listed on the Register of Migration Agents, held by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.
Only a MARA-registered agent could lawfully assist you in:
• preparing, or helping to prepare, a visa application or other document
• advising about a visa application or visa matter
• preparing for proceedings before a court or review authority in relation to a visa application or visa matter
• representing in proceedings before a court or review authority in relation to a visa application or visa matter.
Immigration assistance does not include:
• Doing clerical work to prepare (or help to prepare) an application or other document
• Providing translation or interpretation services to help prepare an application or other document
• Advising another person that they must apply for a visa
• Passing on to another person information produced by a third person, without giving substantial comment on or explanation of the information.
Be careful of unlawful operators pretending to be registered migration agents. Always check this website to make sure you are using a registered migration agent. It is important to note the Office of the MARA has jurisdiction to consider complaints about registered migration agents only. If you encounter an unlawful operator providing immigration assistance, report them to the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s dob-in line.