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The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (‘OMARA’) defines a migration agent as a person who uses “their knowledge of Australia’s migration procedures to offer advice or assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa or enter or remain in Australia. They can also give assistance to people who are nominating or sponsoring prospective visa applicants.” OMARA has enforced a rigorous Code of Conduct that regulates the conduct of Registered Migration Agents.
On 21 June 2017, if enacted, would end the dual regulation of lawyers by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. This legislation is introduced by the Turnbull Government (the “Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents Bill) 2017”) into the House of Representatives. The principal features of the Bill, as of 1 July 2018, if enacted is that “Australian legal practitioners” will no longer be able to be Registered Migration Agents, which will be implemented through the introduction of a new section 289B to the Migration Act 1958. The consequence of this amendment is that any application for registration as a migration agent that is made by an “Australian legal practitioner after 1 July 2018 would be refused. “Australian legal practitioners” are able to give “immigration assistance” within the meaning of section 276 of the Migration Act without the need to be a Registered Migration Agent as of 1 July 2018.
All Consultants, Agents and Lawyers registered with the MARA are issued a MARA Registration Number and must provide you with this number upon request. All Migration Consulting companies must display their current Membership in MARA and the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) on their websites and documentation. You can see BMS registration logo and details at the bottom of every page of our site.
NOTICE: Please do not appoint and or entertain an immigration consulting company who employs unregistered migration agents or who is not registered to provide immigration advice.