That is dreadful how can they charge that much!!!!. I have decided to carry on my application myself i have requested my file to be returned but am still waiting. I then recieved an email on Friday with their postage charges
normal post free
for them to take a copy and then post normally £25
courier and for them to take a copy £80
seems they are going to get money either way.
I've also been in touch with immigration seems easy to continue from hear withiut an agent and they are really helpful
Migration Bureau are busy doing their own reputation a simply incredible amount of damage with their petty avarice. They are also dragging the entire Aussie migration advice industry into abject disrepute along with themselves.
A man called Rupert Ward calls himself the "Director" of Oceania Development Group, which trades as "Migration Bureau" as far as I can gather. He is not a Registered Migration Agent but neither was the owner of Four Corners in the UK.
I am not a migration agent (thank god because there is no way that I would want my own name to be sullied by the disreputable antics of this industry.) However I do know a couple of reputable RMAs. I am trying to get them to lean on Rupert Ward and to tell him how much sheer harm he is doing to his own company as well as to the industry as a whole.
In the short term, though, the only thing I can suggest is that you complain loud and long to the MARA and see whether they can bring any pressure to bear on the situation.
Anybody who wants direct contact details for Rupert Ward is welcome to PM me and I will give you the details. Enough is enough and I do not believe that this man deserves any sort of protection, frankly.
So sorry to hear there has been more people left in the lurch...we initially started with migration bureau and got out quick smart after their first ream of bills...I still get furious when I read their name, total rip off merchants IN MY OPINION, We recouped some of our money from them and did it ourselves in the end. Good luck and best wishes to all of you. Fiona xx
Thanks for that. Hopefully we will get there eventually. Although I have to say that Matt Garvey from Four Corners, Oz has been a great help to us, he has answered all our questions and responded to every email. We are still waiting for the return of our stuff from Migration Bureau plus another charge for sending it back to us, but hey-ho that's life isn't it! You gotta keep on smiling. Best of luck to everybody in the same boat.
Originally Posted by polo
Is Matt Garvey trying to charge you for his help or has he now woken up to the fact that he is potentially in HUGE trouble with the MARA for his own earlier doziness?
Matt Garvey's licence to practice as an RMA is now on the wire as a result of his own earlier activities. In his shoes I would suddenly be seen to be whiter than white (for a change) by offering to help every single ex Four Corners client at absolutely NO further cost to that client by way of "professional fees" for a so-called "service" which has been absolutely unprofessional up until now.
When Registered Migration Agents are the ones who choose to turn the Register of Agents into nothing more than a totally unreliable comic of a publication, they need to be the first to realise that what goes around comes around and eventually bites the culprit in the rear end. I have zero sympathy for the culprits because any half-decent standard of "professional ethics" on their own parts would have prevented them from ever agreeing to get involved with any sort of shonky Rent-a-MARN activities in the first place.
The practice of Rent-a-MARN should be illegal and should carry a mandatory prison sentence for any RMA who is found to have been involved with it. The prospect of a jail term should be coupled with automatic and permanent cancellations of the registration of any RMA involved with it. I personally believe that the only way to put a stop to Rent-a-MARN activities will be via legislation so draconian that it threatens to interfere with the liberty of anyone crossing the line as well as with his/her livelihood.
I think that if DIAC audit the Register of Agents properly, their advice to the Minister for Immigration is likely to be the same as my own. Rent-a-MARN activities MUST be stopped before they can do any more members of the lay public any more harm than they already have. Ferocity in new legislation would ensure it.
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In defence of four courners, we used them and although expensive there service was 100% perfect in every way, thanks to Corrin
No, Matt Garvey hasn't charged us for any of his help and in their defence Four Corners treated us fine up until their ceasement (which was a stomach churner at the time) and their total charges were at least explained to us at our very first meeing with them and we knew exactly how much we would be paying out.
From everything I've heard, there is no evidence that the Four Corners staff did not do a good job. (When Visa Connection collapsed last October it was chaotic because applications which should have been lodged months earlier had not been lodged, elementary errors had been made such as not sending DIAC the right information or not calculating the person's points correctly and some of the applicants for skilled visas were about to turn 45. The 4C closure has been nothing like that.)
The aggro with 4C is that under the MARA Code of Conduct, Matt Garvey had a duty to contact all the clients and to ask them what they wanted him to do with their files. He was holding himself out as a Director of 4C (and he might well have been a shadow director) so this responsibility rested with him. That was not done because the owner of 4C had transferred everything to Migration Bureau and had left it to them to contact the clients out of the blue.
MB then made everything worse by trying to hold the clients to ransom over their files. That is unconscionable conduct which is a serious matter in Australian law but MB are a New Zealand owned company, it seems. I've no idea what the consumer protection arrangements in NZ might be.
It pretty much stinks, that us, and probably a lot more people out there have paid to MB a basic £95 (or such like) to have a standard letter or two sent out from the MB and then another postal charge which varied from free to £80 added on to receive our own documents back. You are a lot more clued up than us but the more we read about the goings on, the more sickened we become. T
If you think that's bad wait til you get their bills...I strongly objected to their fees for a phone call they made to me to "explain their fees" then charged me per minute for the priveledge at £37 per minute, and then £25.50 per minute to scan documents.....don't know what they were scanning mind you since I never sent them anything......it still makes me furious
Originally Posted by tracy holland 1
good luck Fiona