Migration agents assist people wanting to visit or reside in Australia with visa applications and related information and assistance. While some migration agents provide services at no charge via voluntary organisations and non-profit firms, most work for private companies and charge fees for services and advice. Some migration agents operate as lawyers and provide additional services, such as legal representation in court if a visa is refused, or other legal advice regarding a visa application. Although migration agents can advise a client whether a visa application is likely to succeed, the actual decision is made by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Companies and individuals in the industry offer services relating to the legal status of individuals, including permanent residency and visa services. These services include submitting visa applications, providing visa advice, and preparing for and representing before a court of review authority in relation to visa applications and related matters.
The report covers the scope, size, disposition and growth of the industry including the key sensitivities and success factors. Also included are five year industry forecast, growth rates and an analysis of the industry key players and their market shares.