Should you use a MARA Registered Migration Agent or a Lawyer, for a Visa Application?
What is the difference between a MARA Registered Migration Agent and a Migration Lawyer?
Not all MARA Registered Migration Agents are lawyers (legal practitioners), but some are.
MARA Registered Lawyers (legal practitioners) are also qualified to give you legal advice and assistance, such as helping you prepare an application for a court to review a decision made about your visa application.
MARA Registered Migration Agents specialise in visas.
Lawyers who also do migration court reviews etc., probably specialise in legal matters.
Some MARA Registered Migration Agents, who are also Lawyers, may only do Visa related work.
I would assume that the important thing is to use a MARA Registered Migration Agents, whether a Lawyer or not.
Personally, I would use a MARA Registered Migration Agent, not a Lawyer, for a standard visa application. It is what they do all the time, hopefully.
I would use a Lawyer, that is also a MARA Registered Migration Agent, if I had a very complex case, where legal issues might need resolving.
A lawyer that is also MARA Registered Migration Agent will probably be more expensive than a MARA Registered Migration Agent. This is based on the following from: mara.gov.au/…/agent-fees
Agent fees vary and depend on:
the experience and qualifications of your agent. If your agent is a lawyer or has many years of experience, their fees might be higher.
Changes are being implemented under the Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2018 and Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Act 2020.
3 March 2021 – Transitional arrangements for Australian legal practising certificate holders:
Transitional arrangements from 22 March 2021 are being developed to enable holders of Australian legal practising certificates (ALPCs), who cease to be a registered migration agent (RMA) following the commencement of new legislation on 22 March 2021, to maintain access to their ImmiAccount.
The Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2018 would have meant the end for dual regulation for lawyers, with lawyers being removed from the MARA regulatory system.
Some Visa Applicants might find an Experienced Australian Migration Agent of great assistance.