Jump to content

You're currently viewing the forum as a Guest
register-now-button_orig.png
and join in with discussions   
ask migration questions
message other members

..and much much more!

patricia2019

Agents fees

Recommended Posts

Hi, recently contacted a migration agent to enquire about help with the 491 Visa process. Received email today with breakdown of fees payable to agent as shown below:

 

1. Skills Assessment: AUD4 500 including Assessing Body Fees;

 

2. Expression of Interest: AUD750;

 

3. State Nomination: AUD1 250 including State Fees, if applicable;

 

4. Visa Application: AUD14 500 including Government Lodgement Fees. 

 

Whilst there would be 6 of us (2 ad 4 ch) by doing our own research for quite a while now, we knew the Visa application would be the largest cost but had it at $10,000 going by the immi website plus the skills assessment fee seems extremely high also!

 

Just wondering if this is the going rate for these things or is it the use of an agent making it quite extortionate?

 

 

 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
37 minutes ago, patricia2019 said:

 

Hi, recently contacted a migration agent to enquire about help with the 491 Visa process. Received email today with breakdown of fees payable to agent as shown below:

 

1. Skills Assessment: AUD4 500 including Assessing Body Fees;

 

2. Expression of Interest: AUD750;

 

3. State Nomination: AUD1 250 including State Fees, if applicable;

 

4. Visa Application: AUD14 500 including Government Lodgement Fees. 

 

Whilst there would be 6 of us (2 ad 4 ch) by doing our own research for quite a while now, we knew the Visa application would be the largest cost but had it at $10,000 going by the immi website plus the skills assessment fee seems extremely high also!

 

Just wondering if this is the going rate for these things or is it the use of an agent making it quite extortionate?

 

 

 

This is just the fees payable to the agent? So $21,000???? Because that’s insane!! 

Are you sure they’re not quoting you what it’ll cost for a skills assessment, visa etc? 
 

You should only use an agent who is Mara registered, they’ll have a number you can check on maras website. Each number is linked to a person not a company. Do not go near anyone who isn’t mara registered and don’t use a lawyer- different profession. 
Can I ask the name of the company who has quoted you this amount?
 

There are a number of reputable agents who post on here regularly who will often do free Initial consults based on your circumstances. All Mara registered and like I say, reputable.

Westly Russel and Paul Hand jump to mind but there are others too. 
I’m pretty certain the fees will be no where near $20,000!! 

Edited by Wonderingaloud

Due to escalating bills and budgetary cuts in the NHS, unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel has had to be switched off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
13 minutes ago, Wonderingaloud said:

This is just the fees payable to the agent? So $21,000???? Because that’s insane!! 

Are you sure they’re not quoting you what it’ll cost for a skills assessment, visa etc? 
 

You should only use an agent who is Mara registered, they’ll have a number you can check on maras website. Each number is linked to a person not a company. Do not go near anyone who isn’t mara registered and don’t use a lawyer- different profession. 
Can I ask the name of the company who has quoted you this amount?
 

There are a number of reputable agents who post on here regularly who will often do free Initial consults based on your circumstances. All Mara registered and like I say, reputable.

Westly Russel and Paul Hand jump to mind but there are others too. 
I’m pretty certain the fees will be no where near $20,000!! 

Our entire process (including all the external fees - medicals, 3 countries Police reports, one very expensive, VETASSESS, State Fee and 3x VISA application fess) managed by an agent ended up around $17,000 for 2 adults and a child. So just over $20,000 all in isn't that unlikely - although the agent fees in all this were around $3,000 (and they did absolutley everything for us)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi wonderingaloud

I'm taking it from that info above that is including the fees for all included. I'd certainly hope so for that cost!

I'm a little (a lot) apprehensive at the $5k hike on the visa application plus the $4k hike (I'm assuming here on what info I've gained from researching) on the skills assessment.

My husband is a nurse so will need ANMAC skills assessment, looking at their pdf online application the full skills assessment fees are $850, quite a difference from $4500! Or maybe I'm missing something along the way?

As the 491 would be our only Visa option we do want to make sure its completed correctly hence why we contacted an agent.

To be honest we first contacted them in December, outlining all the info we have gleaned over the years of researching & awaiting the info on the new 491 visa, we know we will not qualify for any other visa (points wise) bar the temp Visa which is a route we really didnt want to go. The reply we got today was not the reply we wished for after waiting for 6 weeks, they detailed each visa available on the immi website & its requirements, the above info I posted on the costs & informed us if we wanted a further detailed breakdown on costs/timelines they would need a $300 payment to proceed.

We are confident enough to begin the process ourselves but were also happy to enlist an agents help/guidance through the process to ensure it was done correctly for reassurance.

If there are any agents on here who could help with the process I'd be happy to hear from them.



Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Our entire process (including all the external fees - medicals, 3 countries Police reports, one very expensive, VETASSESS, State Fee and 3x VISA application fess) managed by an agent ended up around $17,000 for 2 adults and a child. So just over $20,000 all in isn't that unlikely - although the agent fees in all this were around $3,000 (and they did absolutley everything for us)
Hi Ausvisitor

Certainly does sound reasonable and was a ballpark figure we had arrived at when totalling up costs ourselves.

Just a little apprehensive at the difference in figures we had for ANMAC and for the visa application.

I will reply to their email & enquire if that total amount accounts for ALL costs such as the medicals etc.

Regards

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It feels like they have "over-egged" the visa application fee a bit - although that may depend on how old your kids are, if they are over 18 then thy are $2000 each not $1000 so potentially

Main App $4,000

Secondary $2,000

Child 1 (19yr) $2,000

Child 2 (18yr) $2,000

Chils 3 (14) $1,000

Dhild 4 (12) $1,000

Then thats $12,000 and change for visa fees alone, and there is a fair bit of work involved in submittign the visas. If they are all under 18 then it feels very expensive for that bit

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
It feels like they have "over-egged" the visa application fee a bit - although that may depend on how old your kids are, if they are over 18 then thy are $2000 each not $1000 so potentially
Main App $4,000
Secondary $2,000
Child 1 (19yr) $2,000
Child 2 (18yr) $2,000
Chils 3 (14) $1,000
Dhild 4 (12) $1,000
Then thats $12,000 and change for visa fees alone, and there is a fair bit of work involved in submittign the visas. If they are all under 18 then it feels very expensive for that bit
Yep, all kids under 18. Definitely had a $10k figure in our notes for the actual visa application.

Had a figure of approx $4/5k for agents fee in total which yes, did bring our total costings of around the $20k figure and were quite realistic & happy to proceed with that as very aware of work involved & the need to get it right. It's more the vagueness of if medicals etc (everything) were included in that also which pir figure had.

I'm unsure if I want to proceed with paying $300 for a full breakdown only to discover these extras aren't included.

I've replied to the email now ask if that figure was for everything and not just those general items listed.

Thanks for your reply x

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
59 minutes ago, Ausvisitor said:

Our entire process (including all the external fees - medicals, 3 countries Police reports, one very expensive, VETASSESS, State Fee and 3x VISA application fess) managed by an agent ended up around $17,000 for 2 adults and a child. So just over $20,000 all in isn't that unlikely - although the agent fees in all this were around $3,000 (and they did absolutley everything for us)

Yes that’s Ok- what I was trying to ascertain was the money wasn’t just for the agent- but including the cost of the actual items as well. The original post was unclear to me. 
But yes for everything I  know it’s expensive, I’ve been through the process myself. 
3-4K for an agent sounds about right depending on the visa type and how complicated it might be.


Due to escalating bills and budgetary cuts in the NHS, unfortunately, the light at the end of the tunnel has had to be switched off.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
12 hours ago, patricia2019 said:

Yep, all kids under 18. Definitely had a $10k figure in our notes for the actual visa application.

Had a figure of approx $4/5k for agents fee in total which yes, did bring our total costings of around the $20k figure and were quite realistic & happy to proceed with that as very aware of work involved & the need to get it right. It's more the vagueness of if medicals etc (everything) were included in that also which pir figure had.

I'm unsure if I want to proceed with paying $300 for a full breakdown only to discover these extras aren't included.

I've replied to the email now ask if that figure was for everything and not just those general items listed.

Thanks for your reply x

I dont think that would involve medicals as well as that will just be something which you organise yourself.

Below are the current fees:

  • Permanent adult medical aged 15 - 75: £315
  • Temporary adult medical aged 15 - 75 : £280
  • Permanent or temporary medical for medical, dental, or nurse practitioner: £380
  • Child aged 11 - 14: £205
  • Child aged under 11: £85
  • Medical examination only: £175
  • Chest x-ray only: £115

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
28 minutes ago, Lavers said:

I dont think that would involve medicals as well as that will just be something which you organise yourself.

Below are the current fees:

  • Permanent adult medical aged 15 - 75: £315
  • Temporary adult medical aged 15 - 75 : £280
  • Permanent or temporary medical for medical, dental, or nurse practitioner: £380
  • Child aged 11 - 14: £205
  • Child aged under 11: £85
  • Medical examination only: £175
  • Chest x-ray only: £115

I think they are allowed to set their own rates, but most seem to stick to about these prices. I remember London was more expensive so we did ours in Manchester (as it's about the same effort to get to either for us)

We paid 315 each as Lavers said above

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
15 hours ago, patricia2019 said:

My husband is a nurse so will need ANMAC skills assessment, looking at their pdf online application the full skills assessment fees are $850, quite a difference from $4500! Or maybe I'm missing something along the way?

Do the ANMAC skills assessment by yourself. It is a straightforward process, but with a lot of document procurement required (course and modules breakdown, ENB accredited of course, transcript, confirmation that that course was taught in English, Employer letters covering each job with full description that meets the requirements, CV, evidence of CPD, NMC statement of entry, current registration, Certificate of good standing etc...).

Remember to notarise (rather than getting a solicitor to certify) as required. This can add up to £1k to the cost, depending on how many documents need notarising.

Then speak to one of the registered migration agents on here.

Edited by DukeNinja

IELTS : 13/08/16: W8 S8 L9 R9. F2w ID Check/Rcvd: 15/08/16, 23/08/16 HCPC/SoR CoGS sent: 23/08/16. Skills Ax sent/Rcvd/granted: 30/08/16, 12/09/16, 10/10/16. AHPRA sent/AIP : 05/09/16, 28/12/16. EoI/invited: 20/1/17, 01/02/17. 189 submitted: 06/02/17, Caseworker: 23/02/17. Medicals: 31/03/17. Grant: 12/04/17. Child 101 submitted: 09/06/17. Granted: 06/07/17. Landed: 01/09/17.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

IELTS fees: GBP 160

189 visa for partner and I: GBP 3400

Police checks x2: GBP 160

Medicals (2 adults+ 1 baby): GBP 700

101 visa for child: GBP 1500

AIR skills assessment: GBP 600

University Paperwork fees: GBP 120

Solicitor: GBP 150

Courier: GBP 70

AIR membership: GBP 411

AHPRA registration: GBP 500

Fit2Work x2: GBP 200

Notary: GBP 150

Total: £8122

Or AU$ 15, 775

This is how much we would have paid at this point in your shoes, and we did everything ourselves.

Edited by DukeNinja

IELTS : 13/08/16: W8 S8 L9 R9. F2w ID Check/Rcvd: 15/08/16, 23/08/16 HCPC/SoR CoGS sent: 23/08/16. Skills Ax sent/Rcvd/granted: 30/08/16, 12/09/16, 10/10/16. AHPRA sent/AIP : 05/09/16, 28/12/16. EoI/invited: 20/1/17, 01/02/17. 189 submitted: 06/02/17, Caseworker: 23/02/17. Medicals: 31/03/17. Grant: 12/04/17. Child 101 submitted: 09/06/17. Granted: 06/07/17. Landed: 01/09/17.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thank you to everyone who commented, very much appreciated.

With the figures we had from researching everything, we had a round about sum of $20k...then allowing for $4/5k agents fees so not too far off what we've been quoted I guess.
@Dukeninja, thank you for the ANMAC tips, very useful & we will begin the process of that ourselves as it was the initial cost of $4500 through the agent that scared me to be honest!! We already have most of the uni info, just awaiting a letter with breakdown of hours from them now.

Received reply from agent to confirm what has been generally said on here:

"The estimate fees is for Assessing Body, State Nomination Fees, Government Fees and our service fees, it does not include registration costs as we are not able to assist you with registration, medicals costs, English tests costs etc"

Thanks again and I'm sure I'll be back on here for advice soon!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
1 hour ago, patricia2019 said:

Thank you to everyone who commented, very much appreciated.

With the figures we had from researching everything, we had a round about sum of $20k...then allowing for $4/5k agents fees so not too far off what we've been quoted I guess.
@Dukeninja, thank you for the ANMAC tips, very useful & we will begin the process of that ourselves as it was the initial cost of $4500 through the agent that scared me to be honest!! We already have most of the uni info, just awaiting a letter with breakdown of hours from them now.

Received reply from agent to confirm what has been generally said on here:

"The estimate fees is for Assessing Body, State Nomination Fees, Government Fees and our service fees, it does not include registration costs as we are not able to assist you with registration, medicals costs, English tests costs etc"

Thanks again and I'm sure I'll be back on here for advice soon!

No worries, and good luck! Getting the ANMAC done will feel like a massive step towards your goal.


IELTS : 13/08/16: W8 S8 L9 R9. F2w ID Check/Rcvd: 15/08/16, 23/08/16 HCPC/SoR CoGS sent: 23/08/16. Skills Ax sent/Rcvd/granted: 30/08/16, 12/09/16, 10/10/16. AHPRA sent/AIP : 05/09/16, 28/12/16. EoI/invited: 20/1/17, 01/02/17. 189 submitted: 06/02/17, Caseworker: 23/02/17. Medicals: 31/03/17. Grant: 12/04/17. Child 101 submitted: 09/06/17. Granted: 06/07/17. Landed: 01/09/17.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

You are entitled to ask a registered migration agent for a service agreement that sets out ALL the costs involved, except possibly travel costs.

Note this:

All applicants who wish to apply for Victorian nomination for the Skilled Work Regional (Provisional) (subclass 491) visa must provide evidence of a current offer of employment in a position located in a designated regional area of Victoria (as defined by the Department of Home Affairs).

and add this:

Financial resource requirements are in place to ensure you can support yourself and your family on arrival in Victoria.

Individual applicant

$30,000

1

$35,000

2

$40,000

3

$50,000

and so on.

Edited by wrussell

Westly Russell Registered Migration Agent 0316072 www.pinoyau.com

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

×