Getting a visa for Australia is a pre-requisite for entering the country if you don’t have an Australian passport. Australia is one of the few nations that still insist that every foreigner coming in holds a visa at entry.
To put it simply, some Australian visas are very easy to get, while others are quite difficult. But for every type of visa, there are cases where an application could succeed or fail. We believe that this is the legitimate area of responsibility for migration agents – to advise where applications might be approved or rejected. To us, it is as dishonest to receive payment for an application that cannot succeed as it is for an application that cannot fail.
To assist those who might otherwise fail.
We provide our services honestly, and at a reasonable price. We will not mystify the law or magnify the risks. Where it is our judgement that a client is able to perform a task (such as lodging an application) without professional assistance, we will say so.
To help clients whose primary language is not English.
We employ staff members who speak a variety of community languages including French, German, Tongan, Samoan and Laotian
To distribute information about Australian migration law to potential migrants and visitors so they have access to the vital details which they require.
To put it bluntly, the Australian Department of Immigration lacks a client focus and this is quite a significant problem. Through public activities and media such as newspapers, radio, public forums and the internet, we provide free advice on a general basis.
To assist those in detention above all.
The Australian immigration detention regime is contrary to international law and will not be recorded in history as the highest flowering of the Australian spirit. Rather, this current system will be remembered as being mean, cruel and a mark of weakness.
To raise the quality of migration advice available to applicants.
We offer a series of courses every year for migration agents’ professional development, principally in the area of skills assessment and professional conduct.
To promote the understanding and application of migration laws across borders. We maintain that a universal application of the Refugees Convention is necessary and that Australia and New Zealand should work towards a common migration border rather than develop arbitrary distinctions. Lastly, immigration policy is closely tied to a country’s ideas of national sovereignty, and a fair country must be fair in its migration policy. We do the work we do because we believe Australia can be a fair country.
Minor amendments have been made to the Code such that an agent is not prevented from giving immigration assistance to an individual they employ or sponsor unless there is conflict of interest. Recent amendments to the Migration Agents Regulations 1998 now make it clear that whatever role an agent plays in relation to a visa application, they are at all times subject to the Code.
Agents must ensure they are using the latest version of the Code and that any website links to the Code refer clients to the updated version. The amended version of the Code is available here on the OMARA website