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    Hello

     

    im just making my first steps into investigating applying for a visa. A friend of mine moved to Adelaide a couple of years ago and loves it. He said that I needn't bother instructing an immigration agent. I feel slightly out of my depth with the application process but want to keep costs to a minimum. An agent quoted in the region of two grand.

     

    Any feedback on benefits/ draw backs of applying via an agent would be really helpful.

     

    thanks

     

    vicky

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    It is definitely possible without using an agent, but it will certainly depend upon whether you meet all the criteria or not. I applied without an agent, but I had a very very easy case. It was a lot of work and a lot of stress, but it did save a lot of money. 190 Visa in my case.

     

    Regards,

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    Thank you both for your replies. I think I'm going to go for the 497. A friend has provided agents detail but will see how far I get on my own. The embassy have been quite helpful. Provisional advice is that I might be accepted but a lot of work ahead of me. Will provide updates. Congrats to blossom on mummy hood.

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    Thanks. :-)

     

    I think you might have the wrong visa number there. Also, just be aware that immigration and the embassy are notorious for giving out incorrect info, so Google everything they tell you to double check.

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    I used an agent who was highly recommended for IT related migrations. For us, he was worth his weight in gold - just saved time, messing about researching and I didn't think in the grand scheme of things it added much to the moving costs. We were at an age were we had only one shot so I wanted to make sure we had done everything we could. Plus I am quite lazy.

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    All the info you need in order to determine the type of visa you could apply for, and to carry out skills assessment, lodge the application etc should you choose to 'go it alone', is online. If I were you, my starting point would be the DIPB site:

     

    http://www.immi.gov.au/Pages/Welcome.aspx

     

    Many migration agents offer a first meeting for free, and there are plenty of online 'tests' to help determine your likely eligibility.

     

    We did it ourselves, partly because of conflicting advice from migration agents (which rather put us off using them) and partly because it didn't appear difficult (and in our case wasn't). For us, it was money saved. It also meant we were fully aware of the criteria of our visa - we weren't about to give up jobs and a nice home in the UK and move to the other end of the world without fully knowing the ins and outs of our visa and its conditions.

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