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    Hi All

    I'm meeting with a possible agent tomorrow and wanted to know if anyone
    has got questions that I NEED to ask? I know i'll get there, finish the
    meeting and think to myself should have asked this & that!

    What things do I need to know at this point and what is important?

    Hope you guys can help us out

    Thanks Clair

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    Questions for Agent

    Hi All I'm meeting with a possible agent tomorrow and wanted to know if anyone has got questions that I NEED to ask? I know i'll get there, finish the meeting and think to myself should have asked this & that! What things do I need to know at this point and what is important? Hope you guys can help us out Thanks Clair
    Hi

    Assuming you've already completed one of those free online appraisals to
    determine your suitability for an Australian Visa and therefore have a
    good idea as to which visa you will be applying for, I'd suggest
    discussing with your proposed agent any alternative visas to which you
    may be suited and to specifically ask about the advantages and
    disadvantages of applying for and subsequently being granted the said
    visa and any conditions attached

    The reason for saying this is that prior to us meeting our agent we were
    100% sure that the visa we would be applying for was the only one for
    us. It was only after discussing it with our (then) proposed agent that
    we became aware of the other options available to us.

    Hope that helps

    BD

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      Questions for Agent

      Hi All I'm meeting with a possible agent tomorrow and wanted to know if anyone has got questions that I NEED to ask? I know i'll get there, finish the meeting and think to myself should have asked this & that! What things do I need to know at this point and what is important? Hope you guys can help us out Thanks Clair
      Hi Clair

      Its general questions too like success rate, failure rate, how long been
      acting as an agent and the biggest one is cost.. are they no visa no
      fee, at what stages do they charge. Is it full fee up front. if visa
      fails do you get any monies back.

      We emailed 50 agents of all types to choose the right one. Some replied
      others didnt.costs varied extremely in some cases. some gave us
      conflicting information, it was a mindfield choosing.

      Good luck and I hope your meeting goes well.

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        Questions for Agent

        Hi Clair Its general questions too like success rate, failure rate, how long been acting as an agent and the biggest one is cost.. are they no visa no fee, at what stages do they charge. Is it full fee up front. if visa fails do you get any monies back. We emailed 50 agents of all types to choose the right one. Some replied others didnt.costs varied extremely in some cases. some gave us conflicting information, it was a mindfield choosing. Good luck and I hope your meeting goes well.
        Hi BD & Cathy & Paul

        Thank you all for your input it is much appreciated, we are using
        (depends how tomorrow goes!) Thinking Australia, Darrel Todd. We have
        completed the online assesment with many different Agents suprisingly
        only a few even responded!
        So fingers crossed for tomorrow and we get the news we are waiting for
        which is YES YOU QUALIFY LETS DO IT!
        Clair

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          Questions for Agent

          Hi BD & Cathy & Paul Thank you all for your input it is much appreciated, we are using (depends how tomorrow goes!) Thinking Australia, Darrel Todd. We have completed the online assesment with many different Agents suprisingly only a few even responded! So fingers crossed for tomorrow and we get the news we are waiting for which is YES YOU QUALIFY LETS DO IT! Clair
          they are a well known company and darrell will find out the answers for
          you any questions he cant answer.a friend of mine has a good
          relationship with him.

          hope it all goes well for you x

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            Questions for Agent

            Hi Clair Its general questions too like success rate, failure rate, how long been acting as an agent and the biggest one is cost.. are they no visa no fee, at what stages do they charge. Is it full fee up front. if visa fails do you get any monies back. We emailed 50 agents of all types to choose the right one. Some replied others didnt.costs varied extremely in some cases. some gave us conflicting information, it was a mindfield choosing. Good luck and I hope your meeting goes well.
            The most important question of all is whether the agent is MARA
            registered or not. Make sure the particular person you will be dealing
            with is a registered agent, not only the firm (a firm cannot be
            registered, only individual).

            A few tips:

            1. Ask the agent for his *seven* digit MARA registration number. The
            first two digits normally indicate year of first registration, eg
            '04' for 2004. If your agent is recently registered you may need to
            ask some specific questions about how much experience he or she has.

            2. Is the agent familiar with your particular visa issue? For
            example, if you are a tradesman, then bear in mind that many agents
            do not deal with many Trades Recognition Australia (TRA) cases,
            even if they know a lot about migration law. A good agent will
            tell you immediately if he can't handle your case and hopefully
            refer you onwards.

            3. Whether to offer "no visa, no fee" is a commercial decision for the
            agent. A lot of good agents don't do so. They rely on their
            professional reputation, which would suffer if they took on clients
            who then got refused.

            Look at the small print of any "no visa, no fee" agreement if you are
            offered one. And remember that it will be small consolation if you
            don't get your visa.

            4. Most of the processing for skilled visas takes place in
            Australia these days, between the skill assessing authorities and
            the DIMIA processing centres onshore (eg Adelaide). An Australia
            based agent, although further from you, is going to be closer to the
            processing activity.

            4. An Australia-based agent should not charge you GST (VAT) if you are
            based in the UK.


            Jeremy

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            This is not intended to be legal or professional advice in any
            jurisdiction
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              Questions for Agent

              Hi All I'm meeting with a possible agent tomorrow and wanted to know if anyone has got questions that I NEED to ask? I know i'll get there, finish the meeting and think to myself should have asked this & that! What things do I need to know at this point and what is important? Hope you guys can help us out Thanks Clair
              Let us know how you go with thinking australia. x

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                Questions for Agent

                Hi All I'm meeting with a possible agent tomorrow and wanted to know if anyone has got questions that I NEED to ask? I know i'll get there, finish the meeting and think to myself should have asked this & that! What things do I need to know at this point and what is important? Hope you guys can help us out Thanks Clair
                The only thing about Agents is "do you need one". My friend used an
                agent and from what I can see all they added was providing some
                information (but so does this site and some research). At the end of
                the day YOU have to do all the real work, including sorting references
                and tracking down the information required. The only other thing this
                agent (no names) added was a significant delay on everything.

                As a result I have gone forward without an agent. Was this the right
                decision, ask me again in 6 months.

                I would say however that if your application is complicated then an
                agent is a requirement.

                Brian.

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