Registered with Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority, Australia (OMARA)
Member Migration Institute of Australia (MIA)
What is a Migration Agent?
In Australia, people who want to provide immigration assistance must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA)
A registered migration agent can use their knowledge of Australia’s migration procedures to offer advice or assistance to a person wishing to obtain a visa to enter or remain in Australia. They can also give assistance to people who are nominating or sponsoring prospective visa applicants. They can help applicant to lodge visa application and deal with the Department of Immigration and Citizenship on their behalf, usually for a fee.
What is the Office of the MARA?
The Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) is a discrete office attached to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The functions of the Office of the MARA are set out in s316 of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act).
In Australia, migration agents must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.
Registered Migration Agents are bound by a Code of Conduct and are required to have an in-depth knowledge of Australian migration law and procedure and meet high professional and ethical standards.
The Office of the MARA regulates Australia’s registered migration agents to:
• ensure that clients receive high quality immigration assistance, and
• protect the interests of people receiving immigration assistance.