Migration Agent Melbourne

Welcome to Migration Agent Melbourne.

Migration Agent Melbourne (To Legal), is an immigration law firm based in Mulgrave, which is south-east of Melbourne, Australia. For those people living in the northern or western suburbs of Melbourne, Migration Agent Melbourne have meeting hotspots in Footscray where face to face consultation can be arranged.

Although based in Melbourne, we provide immigration and legal services to people from all over the world, regardless of whether they are located inside Melbourne or outside Melbourne.

Migration Agent Melbourne (To Legal) was established and is managed by Jay To, who is a:

Migration Agent Melbourne provide a range of professional services to its clients, which include providing strategic and procedural immigration advice as well as administrative support. Migration Agent Melbourne is ‘results driven‘ and provide practical and meaningful advice in ‘plain English’ rather than ‘legal jargon’.

Our goal is to provide immigration services that assist our clients become comfortable and confident to proceed with their visa application.  Therefore, Migration Agent Melbourne provide personalised, yet professional immigration services to increase client satisfaction.

With the use of today’s communications technology, remoteness is not a problem and Migration Agent Melbourne is ready to assist you with all your immigration needs.

Contact Migration Agent Melbourne for friendly, professional and cost effective immigration services.

Our migration agent Melbourne:

  • advises on Australian immigration and citizenship matters
  • provides DIBP forms, checklists and statutory declarations
  • prepares, reviews and lodges your visa application and sponsorship
  • acts on your behalf with all communications to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP)

A migration agent operating a business in Melbourne or across Australia must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (known as the 'Office of the MARA)'.

There is generally a misconception that migration agents are also immigration lawyers. However, in fact only about 25% of migration agents are actually immigration lawyers.

Knowledge Requirement

  • Migration Agent: Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice (6 months full-time)
  • Immigration Lawyer: Current Practising Certificate, Bachelor of Laws (3 years full-time)

Training Requirement

  • Migration Agent: No training necessary
  • Immigration Lawyer: Supervised training is required

Legal Submissions

  • Migration Agent: Quality of submission is dependent on experience
  • Immigration Lawyer: Quality of submissions is based on legal qualifications, supervised training and experience

Legal Professional Privilege

  • Migration Agent: Communications are not protected by legal privilege
  • Immigration Lawyer: All communications are protected by legal privilege unless compelled by law

Legal Advice

  • Migration Agent: No legal advice permitted
  • Immigration Lawyer: Able to provide legal advice depending on your circumstances and where outside the area of practice, will be able to identify possible legal issues and refer to the appropriate person

Our migration agent Melbourne:

  • is a current Melbourne immigration lawyer
  • is a registered Melbourne migration agent
  • completed a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) and Bachelor of Finance double degree
  • was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria in December 2002
  • has been registered migration agent since June 2007

Note: Only about 25% of migration agents are actually Australian Legal Practitioners.

The first two (2) digits of a Migration Agents' Registration Number (MARN) shows the first year a migration agent was registered and therefore a good indication of the 'number of years of immigration experience'.

To illustrate this, in 2017 a registered migration agent with:

  • MARN: 1612345 - has about 1 years experience (2016)
  • MARN: 1412345 - has about 3 years experience (2014)
  • MARN: 1212345 - has about 5 years experience (2012)
  • MARN: 1012345 - has about 7 years experience (2010)
  • MARN: 0812345 - has about 9 years experience (2008)

Our principal, Jay To:

Our migration agent Melbourne:

  • has sound knowledge of Australian immigration laws, policies and practices
  • acts professionally and in a timely manner
  • abides by the Migration Agents' Code of Conduct
  • holds professional indemnity insurance
  • satisfied character tests (including criminal history checks)

A copy of the Migration Agents' Code of Conduct can be downloaded.

Our migration agent Melbourne:

  • offers Fixed Costs to give you certainty for planning purposes
  • provides professional, friendly and personalised services
  • maintains complete control of your file, ie our principal, Jay To (not by a paralegal or junior agent)
  • is an Melbourne immigration lawyer and Melbourne migration agent

Migration Agent Melbourne

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