There are many reasons why you might want to consider using a Migration Agent.
Every person that enters Australia must have a valid visa. Citizens from Thailand, the Philippines and many other countries are considered to be high risk for entry into Australia. Even if, for example, a Thai citizen wants to visit Australia for a short holiday, purely for tourism purposes, he or she is required to submit a paper application and a considerable amount of supporting documentation. Even if the ‘applicant’ complies with these procedural requirements it provides no guarantee of obtaining a visa.
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) looks carefully at every application and is concerned with issues such as the financial viability of the applicant, their character, medical condition and visa history. They are make an assessment as to whether the applicant is likely to be genuine tourist or whether they may have other motives for entering Australia (such as to work). They also look at whether the person is likely to overstay their visa. It is a complex procedure – and most other Australian visas are even more difficult to apply for and obtain than a Tourist visa!
A skilled and experienced Migration Agent can not only advise you about which of the 100’s of visa options might be best for you, but they can guide you through the complexities of the legal procedural requirements, structure the application in the right way and can even assist you with the forms and supporting documentation.
There is nothing to stop someone from preparing and submitting an application on their own. Unfortunately however, a high percentage of self-prepared applications are refused. There is no appeal for a refusal of an Australian Tourist visa and the visa application fee for any Australian visa is non-refundable. Many people sooner or later come around to the idea that using a skilled and experienced Migration Agent can not only save time and effort but, in an overall sense, it can be very cost effective.