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- If you have slightly more 'complicated' relationships with your secondary applicants. These may include a de-facto partner, a divorced partner or adopted children etc. The onus of proof of your on-going relationship with them is on you - so aside from evidences documenting your relationship, you may benefit from an agent with experience in such aspects
- If you are someone with no eye for detail (like S). Carelessness in your application will cost you time and may cost you more money, or may even result in a rejection
- If you are somewhat lazy/very busy and would prefer to pay someone to do it for you
- If your employment history is complex
- If you have several secondary applicants migrating along with you (father, mother, sister, brother, kids....)
- Longer waiting time. Having a middleman (presumably who handles several cases at a time) means the information needs to go through him before it comes to you. Do note that once you appoint an agent, DIAC will only correspond with your agent
- Higher cost than DIY, obviously
- Possibility of hiring a slow/incompetent/irresponsible agent
- If you decide to terminate an agent halfway through your application, it's going to cause you more trouble, time and money than not getting one in the first place
And yes, the agent fees are on top of the other compulsory fees that you will need to pay, such as the lodgement fees, cost of skills assessment and so on.
|With or without an agent, you cannot avoid the paperwork completely.|
- This humble blog and other migration blogs
- Forums such as Pomsinoz and Expat forums
- Official sources with extensive information, such as Skillselect and DIAC website. You can also look for FAQs there.