Only registered migration agents can give migration assistance. It is a criminal offence for an unregistered person to provide immigration assistance. Where possible, the Department of Home Affairs recommend you use a registered migration agent or an agent accredited by a local authority.
Immigration assistance is when a person uses their knowledge of migration procedures to:
- help to prepare a visa application
- advise a visa applicant about their visa application
- help to prepare a document in relation to a visa application
- prepare for proceedings or represent an applicant before a court or review authority.