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Excessive Mara agent fees?

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Are these fees unreasonable?

Our Initial Assessment                        $500

Migration Authority Assessment         $2,500

State Sponsorship Application             $1,000

Application for EOI                             $2,500

Visa Application                                 $2,000

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How complicated is the application - are they dealing with medical issues, children from other relationships etc? Who is the skilla ssessment with (I assume thats what you mean by Migration Authority Assessment - all skills assessment bodies have differing costs.

Bit confused by the $2500 Application for EOI . It doesn't cost anything to lodge an EOI.

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Does not include government fees.. so also have to pay $5500 for a married couple with no children. 

The assesing authority is Australian Computer Society who's fee is also paid on top of this 

This is for a regional sponsored visa with Tasmania (also free to apply for).

-these costs are solely for the agents work-

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As a guide, our agents fees for a 190 VIC sponsored visa were £2.5k roughly in 2013/2014, so your figures appear a bit steep!

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Hello Scott,

I recommend you get a couple of quotes so you are making an informed decision.  Also The MARA publish a list of average Agents fees here.

I hope this helps.

Regards

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Stephen Dickson

Migration Outcomes Australia | ACS RPL Specialist

MARN 0640511 | www.migrateaus.com.au

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19 hours ago, Scottst said:

Are these fees unreasonable?

Our Initial Assessment                        $500

Migration Authority Assessment         $2,500

State Sponsorship Application             $1,000

Application for EOI                             $2,500

Visa Application                                 $2,000

Current professional fees:

Preliminary case assessment Nil

Detailed case assessment, if needed $190

Skills assessment application $1900

State sponsorship EoI/application $250

DIBP EoI $250

Visa application, for any number of applicants, $1200

Plus 10% GST for onshore applicants 

Please don't tell me I do not charge enough, I already know that.

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Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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Cheap doesn't usually mean good though.

Getting the visa is the important bit.


I want it all, and I want it now.

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If I ever have a finalised partner or skilled visa application refused , I shall let you know.

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Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

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I have a few concerns about the service too, not just the price but I don’t want to rock the boat this late in the process. Once our visa has been finalised I will be taking it up with them and then MARA if need be.

They told us that the Jul17 changes didn’t affect us, and it turned out that it massively affected us due to the main visa applicant turning 45 soon after. I found this information out 2 months later myself!  So we were then on a very tight timeline. I then subsequently researched regional visas (not the agent!) as a quicker route to avoid being too old to apply. If we’d gone on our agents advice and “just waited” in the usual queue we’d have completely lost out as my husband is now 45 and the points didn’t come down to what we had, therefore we’d now be ineligible. 

Thakfully we got state sponsorship based on my own research, before his birthday (just) 

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