You dont need an agent as all of the info you require is reapaly available on websites and forums and if you cant find something then you can always ask. We are doing it ourselfs and the vetassess was the longest part but quite straight forward. Sponsorship if required is easy to and the main visa application is simple to. Just a tip if you go it alone, print of everything you send as a lot of it is duplicated on other forms.
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
We used an agent, OE visas in Edinburgh, they really were superb, and i would definitely recommened them or another reputable agent.
Our application was 'straight forward' i suppose, but i dont know what other peoples is like so cant really compare, but the support and advise from the agent was priceless, everything we sent to the DIAC was decision ready, had we gone alone we may have missed some important documents.
Before i employed an agent, i didnt even know what a certified copy was, or a justice of the peace etc etc.
All the information is available on Forums, but if your like me you will spend weeks on the internet just checking and double checking that you have your facts straight, and if you dont it could cost you alot of time bouncing around between you and your Case officer, and apparently they only look at your case every 44 days!! so if you send the wrong thing or its not quite complete you could literally cost yourselves months and months! having an agent gave me the piece of mind that everytime we sent a document etc it was all 100% complete
We got our visa on 7th Jan 2010 after just 9 months, 176 non csl;)
Good luck with it all
We aren't using an agent and although it is a lot of work and time gathering documents, we figured we would have to collate them to give to an agent anyhow!!!! We prefer being able to contact people directly rather than have to wait to contact an agent and for them to get back to you.
Just forms to complete and you can always get advise on here, if your situation is complicated most agents give advise initially free of charge anyway, but its up to you at the end of the day, what you are most comfortable with.
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Hi there, we did not use an Agent and found this pretty straight forward. PIA is so helpful and you only have to post a question and these Guys are straight there with the answer. Plus there are plenty of us still in the UK who have been throught the process. Think long and hard before you use one. The monthly magazine on Aus and Nz is very good too and also going to an Expo helps. Good luck! Penny
We were not going to use an agent till we looked into the visa process and we got recommended to Ian Harrop.
We live in Manchester and we went down to Oxford (where they are based) and agreed to use them straight away. We met him in August, got on Vetasess (motor mechanic) in October and had state sponsorship by Xmas.
It cost us about £2000 in all but think it was money well spent as it took alot of the stress out of it.
I am sure if we didnt use an agent we wouldnt be thjis far into it.
Hi, We are going it alone and our time line is pretty much the same as yours. I do not think an agent makes any difference to timings as there are only x amount of vets courses.
Originally Posted by proctor3069
Living In Adelaide Since Jan 2012 And Loving It
Hi we too used Ian Harrops, who's services have proved to be priceless. You can do it yourself but its peace of mind and knowing that they have crossed all the "t's" and dotted all the "I's" for you
Our application wasn't straight forward but our agents "Emigration Group" were invaluable. Just advising us of the options that were available to us and the best way forward for us.
We though had to do a lot though pulling together evidence etc. But we always were given plenty of notice of when things would be required and you can see from our timeline (in the welcome thread) that our app moved through quickly even with the changes that were announced in Sept.
Would agree completely with above if your application is straightforward, you won't need one.
Good luck with your application! :)
Hi we had a quote of £1800 + vat + the other fees Anmc, Visa application, Medicals etc.
The company we spoke to was the visa bureau and they were very helpfull when I contacted them.
After reading posts on PIA and other sites we have decided to apply on our own to save money and as we have to get all the relevant documentation together and certified we feel we are doing half the application anyway.
I would say if you feel comfortable applying yourself and you have no issues that need to be addressed then apply yourself but if you have any doubt use an agent.
Our case should be straight forward OH is a nurse, no convictions, good health etc :)