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  1. Being an international student in Australia, one must be aware of what MARA agents are. MARA agents are the migration lawyers registered & authorized by the Australian government to act on behalf of their clients who are looking for migration consultation or assistance with the visa applications. These migration lawyers know the Australian migration law inside-out and play a very major role in filing visa applications for international candidates in Australia. With all the visa-related information available on the official website of the Australian government, the authorities have also made it possible (and easy) for the applicants to file their visa applications on their own. Despite this, most of the applicants seek the help of MARA agents to file their visa applications; and there are good reasons to do so! Here are some of the top reasons that MARA agents are required for different visa processes in Australia. MARA Agents are Helpful in Many Ways Right from a basic visa consultation to a full-fledged visa application, a MARA agent can help you with literally everything. Thousands of international students come to Australia every year and most of them seek help from education & migration consultants, whether in their home country or in Australia. MARA agents are also helpful to people who visit Australia on a work visa or even a partner visa. When in a foreign land and unaware of the migration laws, MARA agents can come in really handy! MARA Agents Know the Australian Migration Law Inside-Out As mentioned earlier, MARA agents are the migration lawyers registered & authorized by the Government of Australia to represent clients who are looking for migration consultation or assistance with the visa application. As the migration laws keep changing from time to time, the MARA agents have to keep themselves updated with the latest changes in different migration policies. In short, the MARA agents know the Australian Migration law inside-out and can help the students and professionals get the best possible advice on their visa applications. Filing visa applications is a part and parcel of their work, and the agents are fully aware of the documents that one may need for certain visa types, including the tips, tricks, and way-outs of different situations! MARA Agents Provide Best Advice on Visa Filing Because MARA agents have a complete know-how of visa policies and scenarios, they can provide suggestions to increase the likelihood of positive visa outcomes. MARA agents are better aware of the latest happenings and changes that may happen in future, which puts them in a better position to provide insights on visa outcomes. This is the reason that one must consult a MARA agent before taking suggestions from a friend/acquaintance, for it can make a huge difference in the visa application. End-to-End Assistance with Visa Application MARA agents can provide complete assistance with their clients’ visa applications. Although the clients can fill and file their visa applications on their own, they may not be fully aware of the documents that need to be attached; this is the reason most of the clients get assistance from registered MARA agents. MARA agents are authorized by the Government of Australia to file visa applications on behalf of their clients. Communicate with Department of Home Affairs on behalf of the Client In certain cases, the Department of Home Affairs asks for additional documents from clients to make a decision on their visa application. On the first hand, a MARA agent makes sure that the client’s application is filed in the best possible way with no documents left to be attached. On the other hand, if the Department of Home Affairs asks for additional documents, the case can be better handled and responded to by a MARA agent. Hiring a MARA Agent is the Right Choice to Make There is a reason that most international students and professionals choose to hire a MARA agent instead of filing their own application, for it is totally worth it. Hiring a MARA agent is one of the best decisions one can take if planning to get their visa extended or call a family member into Australia. MARA agents also provide the best possible suggestion to get PR in Australia in the shortest time possible. If you are looking to hire an experienced MARA agent, please feel free to get in touch with us. Asia Pacific Group employs more than 10 MARA agents of different nationalities who can take care of your visa application and provide the best possible solution to different situations in Australia.
  2. Hello everyone, I have submitted application for 489 visa in SA with 60 points. Can anyone please tell me how long does it take in getting invitation?
  3. Hi I want to ask my fellow members about this confusion I am facing. I am applying as a production manager (manufacturing) under the GSM category. Last week I checked the occupational ceiling report in the immi.gov.au website and the total ceiling value for this position for 3480 and only 2 had been invited. So that means a lot of seats are available. This position is on the state nomination list of SA and ACT. I am now applying for a skills assessment from Vetassess which takes around 3 to 4 months and then can I only apply for EOI for state nomination. I checked again today on the ACT state nomination list and the occupation of production manager is now shown as in limited availability and on the SA list it is in High Availability. So how come this occupation has changed from Open to Limited on the ACT list when only 3 invites have been issued and 3480 positions are left. I am worried now that whether should I apply for skill assessment now or not as after 4 months the SA list will also show this position as full or not available. Then what is the use of the occupational ceilings. Also I want to ask that if I apply for my skills assessment and after my result at that time if this skill is being shown as closed in all the states then what happens. Can I apply again for this skill in the next year or not. Is every occupational ceiling reset again in every year of July. Please help me in this. Thank you.
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    Hi guys.. I applied for my PR 887 on 2nd Feb 2013, after completing 2yrs stay and work on 475. did not hear anything from dept yet.., do any one know what is the processing time..? Immi web site says with in 8 weeks, but i have friends got their PR in 3 weeks (they applied last year).. what is the best way to contact the department..? Thanks Murali Ganesh
  5. Hi everyone, in a few words. I had lodged an application for de facto visa with my australian partner in Feb 2012 onshore. In August I changed my brdiging visa A to a bridging visa B as I had to go back to my country to look after sick relatives for a couple of months. Whilst away,we broke up with my partner ( she actually broke up with me). not filling the required criteria anymore to be granted residency and not having a reason to go back to Australia I contacted DIAC offshore to inquire what to do. they said to get in touch with my processing centre onshore ( melbourne) which i did. i sent an email to tell them we were not anymore a couple. My ex partner then got in touch with DIAC in OZ and they said that if she cancels her sponsorship there would be no refund, while if I withdraw my application there would be ground for it. I then got in touch with my case officer by email but I can't seem to go through by phone to have a chat ( it s always an answering machine). By email they say withdrawing is not enough for a refund. she tells me I have 28 days to withdraw my application now. so then what are the reasons for being reimbursed? any of you guys know? on what ground can there be a refund of the fees paid when the application was lodged in? Do you know any case where fees for a de facto visa got reimbursed following a relationship breakdown ( keep in mind we still hadn't heard anything from them and no decision was made by DIAC when the break up happened). I hope I am clear enough for anyone to answer Many thanks for your answer!! Kind regards, Gui
  6. Hi all, I am researching options for employment in Auss and have recently graduated as a master of Economics of Trade. Does anyone know if I can qualify with it in the SOL and in which section? So far I did not find a way . Maybe an additional education will be needed in Australia? Please let me know your opinion about it. Thanks, Krissy
  7. My name is Sebastian, 29 y.o., single, systems engineer and moving from Córdoba, Argentina to Adelaide, Australia. I just booked my flight and guess what..... it's a flight of 30 hours!! I'll need to do some excessive when I get there hehe. My plan is going to a hostel for the first week until I know the city better and any help or people who I can talk with when I get there it will be very welcome
  8. I know it seems there's always one more visa and one more step ... Now that I'm permanent I see myself settling down and living in Oz forever but would like to go overseas for a few years if the opportunity came up.How long till you can get citizenship? If I live before getting it, is there a period that your status changes? As in, I think the checks that they do are different and more strict if you leave the country ... Could be wrong?!Just wondering if someone knows before I commit myself to queue at immigration for an hour ;o)Thanks in advance
  9. My family and I came over on a 475 State Sponsorhip Visa, however since then, my current employers are sponsoring me for permanent residence (Subclass 857) Because we have only been in South Australia for the past 9 months, how do we go about gaining our photographic passport photo signed, demonstrating two years. The original people who signed all our family's previous photo's for our original police certificate for immigration purposes have now moved on and would be extremely difficult for us to gain any other person to sign our photo's from the UK. How do we go about this? What is the process to meet this criteria to gain a ACPO Police Certificate for Immigration Purposes.
  10. Australian letter of the year This is an actual letter sent to the then DFAT Minister: The Hon. Alexander Downer and the then Immigration, the Hon Minister Amanda Vanstone. The Government tried in desperation to censure the author, but got nowhere because every legal person who read it nearly wet themselves laughing! Please excuse the language contained within, but I suspect the author was somewhat upset? I'll let you decide! Dear Mr. Minister, I'm in the process of renewing my passport, and still cannot believe this. How is it that K-Mart has my address and telephone number, and knows that I bought a Television Set and Golf Clubs from them back in 1997 and yet, the Federal Government is still asking me where I was born and on what date. For Christ’s sake, do you guys do this by hand? My birth date you have in my Medicare information and it is on all the income tax forms I've filed for the past 40 years. It is on my driver's licence, on the last eight passports I've ever had, on all those stupid customs declaration forms I've had to fill out before being allowed off the planes over the last 30 years and all those insufferable census forms that I've filled out every 5 years since 1966. Also, would somebody please take note, once and for all, that my mother's name is Audrey, my Father's name is Jack and I'd be absolutely f*******g astounded if that ever changed between now and when I drop dead!!!... ****! I apologize, Mr. Minister. But I'm really pissed off this morning. Between you an' me, I've had enough of all this bull****! You send the application to my house, then you ask me for my f*******g address! What the hell is going on with your mob? Have you got a gang of mindless Neanderthal arseholes working there? Another thing, look at my damn picture. Do I look like Bin Laden? I can't even grow a beard for God's sakes. I just want to go to New Zealand and see my new granddaughter. (Yes, my son interbred with a Kiwi girl). Would someone please tell me, why would you give a **** whether I plan on visiting a farm in the next 15 days? If I ever got the urge to do something weird to a sheep or a horse, believe you me, I'd sure as hell not want to tell anyone! Well, I have to go now, 'cause I have to go to the other end of the City, and get another f*******g copy of my birth certificate and to part with another $80 for the privilege of accessing MY OWN INFORMATION! Would it be so complicated to have all the services in the same spot, to assist in the issuance of a new passport on the same day? Nooooo... that'd be too f*******g easy and makes far too much sense. You would much prefer to have us running all over the place like chickens with our f*******g heads cut off, and then having to find some high society wanker to confirm that it's really me in the goddamn photo! You know the photo... the one where we're not allowed to smile! You f*******g morons. Signed - An Irate Australian Citizen. P.S. Remember what I said above about the picture, and getting someone in high-society to confirm that it's me? Well, my family has been in this country since before 1850! In 1856, one of my forefathers took up arms with Peter Lalor. (You do remember the Eureka Stockade!!) I have also served in both the CMF and regular Army something over 30 years (I went to Vietnam in 1967), and still have high security clearances. I'm also a personal friend of the president of the RSL and Lt General Peter Cosgrove sends me a Christmas card each year. However, your rules require that I have to get someone 'important' to verify who I am; You know - someone like my doctor; WHO WAS BORN AND RAISED IN F********G PAKISTAN!!!......a country where they either assassinate or hang their ex-Prime Ministers, and are suspended from the Commonwealth for not having the 'right sort of government.’

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