Sunshine Coast Visas assists with any Australia visa matter to any Australian location or destination and can assist clients in any location.
What to expect from our Registered Migration Agent
24/7 access for emergency contact - immediate access at any time - this is achieved by dealing one on one with the same agent via electronic communications - this is how the Department of Immigration & Border Protection (formerly referred to as DIAC) will communicate/deal to applicants - migration agents deal with a global clientelle and as agents are individuals they can only be in one physical location on any day - it is impossible to have offices in every city across every country - not even the largest corporations can afford such a physical bricks and mortar presence
Personal agent only service - you will only deal with our migration agent (MARN1065703) - no other staff and no other agent
Affordable services for expert assistance - why pay more than you need to? DIBP fees are constantly increasing - if the agent can assist by offering lower agent fees this does not mean that you will be provided less than professional services - it is possible to get more for less - ask Smarter Immigration for a quote
Professional services and approach - Smarter Immigration's agent holds a specialised university degree - a Masteral in Immigration law and Practice but more importantly has over 13 years industry experience including over 9 years personal experience as a registered migration agent, as well as having worked for 5 years at the coalface of Australia's border (Sydney KSA International Airport, which is Australia's busiest international airport) performing an immigration & border protection role, as well as being a senior corporate accountant and internal auditor, who understands and can assist business clients achieve their immigration goals.
Ability to manage complex cases - whether it be a 457 or 482 matter, or family violence claims for a partner visa, or character grounds submission, or a resident return refusal due to not being able to meet the residency periods
Services beyond client expectations - this agency will invest all the time that is needed (within reasonable limits) even going beyond paid assistance - to assist you the client and to achieve a solution.
What you dont really need
An agent located in your exact same suburb or region - agents deal to a global clientelle and an Australia wide clientelle
Why use a registered migration agent
An Australian Registered Migration Agent can assist by assessing your claims to determine if you can meet the relevant visa criteria. While agents do not decide your visa they are highly trained professionals in the field of Immigration law and can advise on your claims, assess your eligibility, advise about best course of action or assist with complex issues such as appeals, unlawful stay, visa cancellations, character issues, etc. All persons practising in immigration law in Australia must be registered as a migration agent and hold MARA registration. Lawyers who practice immigration law must also currently hold a registered migration agent licence to practice in immigration law. Immigration law and taxation law are the most complex areas of law in Australia.
Sunshine Coast Visas only uses a Australian Registered Migration Agent (MARN1065703).
Looking for affordable professional visa assistance?
Migration agents have all the normal costs of running a business including considerable costs to maintain their licence and their professional fees reflect those costs. Some agents charge higher fees due to the level of their experience or fees can be based on the difficulty of the case. The provision of immigration advice requires an in depth study of the highly specialist area of Immigration Law - in general migration agent fees reflect the reality that this is a specialist area of law. If you are seeking assistance without paying fees you should go to Australia's Immigration website where you will find free information. If you are financially disadvantaged then you may wish to ask if an agent can provide pro bono assistance.
Like any business operation migration agents try to remain competitive and offer competitive fees.
What is the correct, most expeditious, or most appropriate visa subclass to apply for based on your personal cicumstances?
The list of visa subclasses is exhaustive and ever changing and knowing the correct subclass or the most expedient visa pathway is essential. An immigration advocate can assist with this process. There are constant regulatory and legislative changes in immigration law and the visa programs. Applicants are advised at a minimum to have a proper written assessment of their options - such an assessment does take time to gather all the relevant data and then to look at any and all possible visa options (some applicants may have multiple options to consider).
SkillSelect (for skilled visa applicants)
On 1 July 2012 Australian Department of Immigration introduced the SkillSelect model and process. SkillSelect is designed to help address regional skill shortages. SkillSelect allows intending migrants to indicate if they are willing to live and work in regional Australia. This will be of benefit to regional employers experiencing regional skill shortages and state and territory governments attempting to settle migrants in regional Australia. If you are considering migrating as skilled then the Smarter Immigration option is to use regional migration options.
Skill Select visa options include
- Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa;
- Skilled - Nominated (subclass 190) visa;
- Skilled - Nominated or Sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa;
- Subclass 482 visa; Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186);
- Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187);
- Business Talent (Migrant) (subclass 132);
- Business Innovation & Investment (Provisional) (subclass 188);
- Business Innovation & Investment (Residence) (subclass 888)
The basic criteria can be summarised as follows
Subclass 482 Temporary Skill Shortage Visa is also included in SkillSelect but this does not mean you must use the SkillSelect option
If you have doubts about how to go about applying or dont understand Expression of Interest for Skill Select and would rather seek professional assistance then submit an email through our Contact page
Using a Registered MARA Migration Agent - Australian Migration Agents
In Australia persons who give immigration assistance must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA). A registered migration agent is trained to use their knowledge of Australia’s migration legislation, policy and procedures to provide advice and assistance to persons seeking to obtain a visa to enter or remain in Australia. Agents can give assistance to people who are nominating or sponsoring prospective visa applicants.
Australian migration agents are regulated by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA (OMARA)) which is a discrete office attached to the Department of Home Affairs (DOHA) (previously Department of Immigration & Border Protection, and prior to DIBP was known as Department of Immigration & Citizenship). The functions of the Office of the MARA are set out in s316 of the Migration Act 1958.
Registered MARA migration agents that are based overseas (offshore) or have offices overseas are still regulated by the OMARA.
Appointment of a MARA Registered Migration Agent
If you choose to appoint a Migration Agent this must be done using Form 956