Experience Counts – Submission To Government Report On Migration Agents

Johannessen Legal was cited by the Joint Standing Committee on Migration in their recent report:

“REPORT OF THE INQUIRY INTO EFFICACY OF CURRENT REGULATION OF AUSTRALIAN MIGRATION AND EDUCATION AGENTS”

Johannessen Legal & Migration spoke of their experience where clients had suffered considerable financial loss and ‘lost years of education, work experience in Australia, and all and any options that were available to them to remain in Australia as a result of wrong, inconsiderate, and uneducated advice by migration agents.

Johannessen Legal & Migration stated that ‘mastering English language is the most essential tool the agents must have in order to be able to understand the Act, the Regulations and the Policy documents so that the advice they provide to applicants are accurate and in their best interest.’

Johannessen Legal & Migration added: It is not sufficient that agents are able to communicate with their fellow country clients without any language problem. It is crucial that they have the
English skills and the ability to understand the technicalities of the law, and that they are able to communicate their client’s position to the Department and to the Tribunal accurately, properly and competently.

Too often, clients approach us after having engaged migration agents who do not have the requisite skills, understanding or experience to deal with complex legal issues which arise from migration matters.

Our Migration Team is comprised of lawyers, not agents, who bring experience in complex matters and an understanding of the law in order to best represent our clients.