Agents are required to re-register with the OMARA on an annual basis. Repeat registration applicants who submit their application and pay the application charge before their current registration expires will automatically continue to be registered and may continue to provide immigration assistance until a decision is made on the application. This is the effect of section 300 of the Migration Act 1958 (the Act) – Automatic Continuation of registration.
It usually takes around four weeks for the OMARA to process a repeat application for registration as a migration agent, however processing times may increase during peak periods. If you submit your repeat registration application before your registration expires, you can continue to provide immigration assistance while we process your application.
However, if you submit your application after your registration expires, section 280 of the Act prevents you from providing immigration assistance until such time as we have approved your application.