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    Couple of questions if anyone can help me...



    Firstly is it best to use an agent from the list in themara.com.au?

    Secondly do people generally use an agent in this country as quite a few
    seem to be in Australia?



    Thanks,

    Nikki


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    Hi Nikki



    We are using an agent that is based in Oz, his name is George Lombard
    and has been recommended many times on this forum.



    Also, I dont know if you know but all migrations agents in OZ have to be
    registered with an authority, so you can feel reasurred that your not
    dealing with a dodgy agent.



    Hope that helps

    Daihla


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      Originally posted by nikkikirby
      Firstly is it best to use an agent from the list in themara.com.au?
      Secondly do people generally use an agent in this country as quite a few seem to be in Australia?


      Nikki,



      1. Yes, it's best to hire a registered migration agent.



      2. As we're in the age where the email has helped shorten communication
      time and cost, using an agent based in Australia isn't really a
      problem. Furthermore, you may find that an Australian-based agent has
      better communication channels with DIMIA and the various skills
      assessing agencies should the need arise.



      Peter


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        Or you can even use an agent who has Registered Migration Agents in both
        countries ... :-))



        Best regards.







        Originally posted by ptlabs
        Nikki,

        1. Yes, it's best to hire a registered migration agent.

        2. As we're in the age where the email has helped shorten communication time and cost, using an agent based in Australia isn't really a problem. Furthermore, you may find that an Australian- based agent has better communication channels with DIMIA and the various skills assessing agencies should the need arise.
        Peter


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          Originally posted by Alan Collett
          Or you can even use an agent who has Registered Migration Agents in both countries ... :-))


          Ahem....


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            Don't assume that because an agent is MARA registered you'll get a
            better level of service. We didn't. Suggest you check out just what
            MARA registration actually guarantees.



            I hasten to add we didn't use any of the agents mentioned in this
            thread.


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              I wouldn't suggest that DIMIA or skill assessing agencies give any
              preference to onshore agents. However, with the more prominent role
              given to skill assessing bodies in Australia in 1999 and the
              establishment of onshore processing centres like Adelaide and Perth,
              this does give a certain administrative advantage to onshore agents.
              Even if it's simply being in the same time zone.

              Jeremy
              On Sun, 28 Sep 2003 23:51:50 +0000, ptlabs <[email protected]> wrote:2. As we're in the age where the email has helped shorten communication time and cost, using an agent based in Australia isn't really a problem. Furthermore, you may find that an Australian-based agent has better communication channels with DIMIA and the various skills assessing agencies should the need arise.Peter--This post is an expression of opinion and is neither legal nor immigration advice.Posted via http://britishexpats.com
              This is not intended to be legal advice in any jurisdiction

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                Nikki,



                The two agents that get the most recommendations on this site are George
                Lombard (we are using him at the moment) and Alan Collett. You will not
                go wrong with either of them and as Alan so subtly put it he also has an
                office in the UK.



                I can only warn you to be careful, because there are a lot of bad
                ones out there from what I have witnessed on this site and the prices
                vary greatly.



                I can also say that having an agent provides an element of re-assurance.



                Good luck



                Billabong


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                  "The McGintys" <[email protected]_expats.com> wrote in message
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                  Also, I dont know if you know but all migrations agents in OZ have to be registered with an authority, so you can feel reasurred that your not dealing with a dodgy agent.
                  The same is true of NZ. However the web-page makes it clear that the Embassy
                  doesn't take responsibility for the quality of the agents. I enquired about
                  one in Cape Town and discovered somebody who expected a huge fortune to be
                  paid for no work at all - they claimed to be able to help with the police
                  clearance, for example, which is a very simple process that took me a week.


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