Updated Form 956 for Appointment of a Registered Migration Agent, Legal Practitioner or exempt person now available

Form 956 for Appointment of a Registered Migration Agent, Legal Practitioner, or exempt person, as updated in September 2021, is now available on the Department of Home Affairs website. The updated form enables the clients to end the appointment of the authorized representatives as an authorized recipients by completing the relevant declarations on Page 6…

Migration (Specified courses and exams for registration as a migration agent) (Capstone provider) Amendment Instrument (LIN 21/044) 2021

Migration (Specified courses and exams for registration as a migration agent) (Capstone provider) Amendment Instrument (LIN 21/044) 2021 dated 20 September 2021[“the Instrument”] specifies Legal Training Australia Pty Ltd as the new and sole prescribed provider for the Capstone assessment for the purpose of examination for registration as a migration agent from01 January 2021. The…

OMARA portal outage

The Director of the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) has informed vide the email dated 30 August 2021 with subject line “OMARA portal outage 30 August 2021” that the OMARA website(www.mara.gov.au)will undergo scheduled maintenance on Monday, 30 August 2021 from 05 PM to 08 PM AEST resulting in the suspension of services…

Modification of compilation of Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Act 1997, as amended by Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Act 2020, assented to 22 June 2020, regarding payment of adjusted charge for providing non-commercial immigration assistance by Registered Migration Agents (RMAs), was compiled and registered on the Federal Register of Legislation on 22 October 2020.…

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Commencement Proclamation 2020

Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Commencement Proclamation 2020 dated 06 August 2020 [“the Instrument”] fixes 15 October 2020 as the day on which Schedule 1 to the Migration Agents Registration Application Charge Amendment (Rates of Charge) Act 2020 commences. Charge) Act 2020 requires a Registered Migration Agent who has paid the…

Review of Australian migration advice industry’s legislative framework

With a commitment of making the Australian migration advice industry world class, the Government has implemented various initiatives towards achieving this vision.Recently, the Department of Home Affairs has initiated a review of the legislative framework to examine how they can support ‘a highly qualified and professional industry’ and ensure combating misconduct and unlawful operators effectively.…