“The ladder of success is best climbed by stepping on the rungs of opportunity.”

– Ayn Rand

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What Visa Do I Qualify For?

Many people spend months applying for jobs in Australia, only to discover down the track that they do not actually qualify for migrating to Australia.

This can be heart breaking, especially after spending months searching and putting loads of energy and time into the task of finding a job.

Not only that, but the rules for migration are changing constantly – at least once per year; with many occupations no longer in demand and therefore being removed from the list of occupations that qualify, whilst other occupations appear that weren’t there previously.

It is therefore crucial, as a first step, to find out your status for migrating to Australia; and staying on top of the immigration rules so that you can be confident at all times what you qualify for.

A professional migration assessment is the best way to find out if and what Australian visa/s you qualify for.


Professional Migration Assessments

The safest way to discover whether you qualify for employer sponsorship in Australia, and to avoid an incorrect conclusion, is to book a professional assessment with a registered and knowledgeable migration agent.

The reason this is more effective is because they are trained, qualified and experienced in assessing overseas nationals to determine whether they qualify for a visa for Australia.

Registered migration agents are also up-to-date on all the changes in rules that seem to occur on a regular basis these days. At least once per year there is a review of the occupations that are in demand in Australia, and the skilled occupation lists are adjusted accordingly, often meaning that many occupations are removed from the lists.

A few years ago a migration agent told me that there are more than 100 types of visas for Australia – I had no idea there were that many!

I urge you to be careful when selecting a migration agent to use, as there are many agents out there who claim to be migration agents, however, many are not qualified and/or registered with the Australian Department of Immigration.

Only migration agents who are registered with the Australian government are authorised by law to provide migration advice for Australia.

 A few things to keep in mind when selecting a suitable migration agent are set out below:

  • As mentioned, check that the agent is registered with MARA
  • Check their fees (you can find out here what they should be charging: www.mara.gov.au/using-an-agent/working-with-your-agent/agent-fees/)
  • Research the agent on Google and seek out testimonials
  • Some agents will give you their success rate, which can give you confidence

Using an agent that comes highly recommended by someone you know – someone who has experience using that agent – is another great way to select a reputable migration agent.

It is very important that you always check that the migration agent you select is registered.

You can check whether your migration agent is registered, by following these steps:

  1. Go to: http://www.Mara.gov.au (Migration Agents Registration Authority)
  2. Click on “Find an Agent”
  3. Enter the agent’s Name and Location, and if you have it you can also enter their business name for a more refined search

 If you cannot find your migration agent on the MARA list, your agent is not registered with the Australian Government, and therefore should not be used.

If you do not currently have a migration agent, we can recommend our preferred migration agent to assist you, TSS Immigration.


TSS Immigration offer reasonable rates for assessments and for visa application assistance. I regularly work with Will Aldous, a MARA registered agent who is friendly and helpful, and whom I recommend for migration advice. Will is a very busy man, and can only assist people who are serious about migrating to Australia. If that sounds like you, make sure you add “Referral from Nadine Myers” in the subject header of your email to ensure that he prioritises your enquiry. Will can be reached at: will@tssgroup.com.au.


Video: Selecting a Migration Agent

This video was produced by the Australian Government, to help you to make the right decision when selecting a migration agent to use, and is therefore helpful for you to watch.



1. Decide upon a migration agent to use by following the advice in this section.

2. Check that your selected agent is registered with MARA.

3. Book for a professional migration assessment.


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