Registered Migration Agent since 2006
Jane is the principal Registered Migration Agent and owner of Opal Immigration Services. She specialises in Skilled, Parent and Employer sponsored visas. Jane believes that agents have a responsibility to help shape immigration policy. Most recently she was the lead author on a submission to the Joint Standing Committee on Skilled Migration.
Jane has always been a proponent of regional migration, having set up her business in Geelong in 2006. In 2018/2019 she was the Chair of the Regional Migration Committee 2018/2019 of the MIA. She has lectured and run workshops for her peers. In 2016 she was a Volunteer Agent for SHEV applicants at Belmont Legal Centre (program no longer running). She ran formal mentoring sessions for newly registered Agents in Melbourne. In 2011 she was awarded the inaugural MIA Service Award for services to the Migration Institute of Australia and its members. In 2007/2008 she updated the Agents Reference Manual published quarterly by the Migration Institute of Australia.
Registered Migration Agent since 2012
Susan specialises in Partner and Australian Citizenship cases for Opal Immigration having assisted many people to achieve their dream to migrate to Australia.
Susan has a strong history of providing immigration advice to regional and rural businesses. She co-ordinated the Victorian State Government’s Global Skills for Provincial Victoria to its end in 2012, which focussed on connecting businesses in regional and rural Victoria to skilled migrants around the world.
For several years Susan was a member of the Regional Advisory Committee to the Victorian Multicultural Commission providing insight to the needs of the migrant and refugee community in country Victoria.
She was the Secretary of Regional Migration Committee of the Migration Institute of Australia in 2018/2019, which worked towards meeting the skilled needs of regional and rural Australia.
Everyone at Opal Immigration Services is passionate about working towards the best possible outcome for people who want to call Australia home.
Why use a Registered Migration Agent?
Since the merger of Border Force and Immigration the immigration regime has become much tighter, there is simply no leeway to get it even slightly wrong.
- The number of visa refusals has increased especially in Partner and Employer nominations
- The penalties for employers not complying with their obligations has become more severe
- Visa cancellations have increased
- Penalties for providing false or misleading information are strictly enforced.
A good agent will provide you with an honest assessment of your chances of success and prepare the best possible application which meets legislative and policy requirements.
Only a Registered Migration Agent is trained and qualified to provide advice and assistance in immigration law and practice. We are legally obligated to meet certain requirements including attendance at CPD, maintenance of a professional library, financial compliance in order to be registered each year by the OMARA – The Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority.
Please be wary of using an overseas “Agent” as they may have NO knowledge of Australian Immigration. Only Registered Migration Agents are required to have the training and knowledge to advise on Immigration Law and to abide by the Code. In Australia a person may only lawfully give immigration assistance if he or she is a Registered Migration Agent or is exempt from being Registered (for example a staff member of an Australian Embassy). Penalties including imprisonment apply to people providing advice who are not authorised to do so.