Going It Alone
The first step in migrating is to find out if you are eligible. You can do this by contacting your nearest Australia High commission who will be able to assist and forward relevant information regarding your application process.
Although each application will vary, you should allow a minimum of 12 months for a successful application to be processed. It is absolutely crucial that any paperwork submitted to Australia House is done so correctly or your application will be returned to you, and you will, unfortunately, have to re apply. Fees will also vary dramatically depending upon the visa category you are applying under. With police checks, medical records, government fees etc, the cost of the application can, sometimes, be a considerable expense.
Using A Migration Agent
Basically, a migration agent is like using a lawyer to represent you in court or using a solicitor when buying a house. Starting with a free consultation they will let you know straight away if you are eligible for migration, and if so, all fees and time limits involved. They will then advise of all relevant forms, references and documents that you will need to obtain for them to submit the application on your behalf. If you choose to use an agent your migration process can be a lot quicker and, in some cases, even save you money as you can be certain that your application will be submitted correctly the first time. It certainly will take a lot of unnecessary stress away from the migration process and, for that reason alone, is why we would strongly recommend to anyone who is considering emigrating, to use a Migration Agent.