When moving to Australia, you are not legally obligated to use a migration agent, as you can lodge your application for a long-term visa through their government's immigration department yourself. Note that a migration agent also cannot speed up your application or somehow convince the immigration department to view it favorably; however, this doesn't mean you should try to move to the country without their assistance. Note a few reasons why it might be a good idea to use a migration agent to move to Australia, even though you're not legally obligated to do so.

Choosing the right visa

There are over 140 visa applications that you need to choose from when moving to Australia, and many of them have subclasses that depend on your situation in particular. For example, if you're moving to Australia to be with your spouse, you need a different visa if you're already married than if you're planning on getting married once you're in the country. It can be confusing for anyone to know the right visa and especially the right subclass, if applicable. Choosing the wrong visa can mean having your application denied, as the immigration department may not take the time to tell you that you've chosen the wrong visa. A migration agent can review your situation and then make a determination of the best visa for you in particular.

Appealing a decision

If your visa application is denied, you can file an appeal and a migration agent can assist. They can prepare the appeal and then also represent you at a hearing to review your application. This can mean not having to file a new application and wait for an entirely new decision.It can also ensure that you are able to properly present any evidence that is necessary for a good decision from the appeal committee.

Subsidiary services

A migration agent can often provide subsidiary services and referrals for you, during the application process and after it's been approved. This can mean referring you to a real estate agent if you're looking for a new home, or referring you to job agencies that can help you find employment. They can also typically advise you on how to then also bring your family to Australia if necessary or, if you've already brought children with you, what is needed to enroll them in school in your new home. This can make your transition much easier on you overall.