Jane Elliot gained her registration as a Migration Agent in 2006 and established Opal Immigration Services in that same year.
- She has lectured and run workshops on Immigration matters for her peers, most recently presenting on RCB Assessments in Victoria
- She has run 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.
- She edited the Agents Reference Manual published quarterly by the Migration Institute of Australia.
- Recently participated in The Departmental quarterly liaison meeting with stakeholders in Victoria.
Jane is a keen supporter of the Migration Institute of Australia and has attended every National Conference since 2006. She believes that agents have a responsibility to help shape immigration policy in this country.
Manon Asarfi recently joined Opal Immigration Services as our dedicated Migration Agent for partner, family, visitor and Australian citizenship applications. She has been a Registered Migration Agent since January 2012 and has worked with migrants and refugees at the Migrant Resource Centre and City of Greater Geelong since 2006. She is fluent in the Dutch language.
Manon and her husband arrived from the Netherlands in October 2006 as skilled migrants and have experienced the challenges of settling into a new country first hand.
Everyone at Opal Immigration Services is passionate about working towards the best possible outcome for people who want to call Australia home.
Recent Wins at Opal
- Successful application for a Chef from India to help set up a new Indian Restaurant specializing in the cuisine of Southern India. NO skills assessment, no English language, start up business.
- Overturned a nomination refusal at the AAT (Migration Review Division). The nomination had been refused by the Department on the grounds that there had not been enough labour market testing. The MRT approved the Nomination.
- Two prior visitor visas refused before client came to see us. Successfully lodged the next visa, the applicant granted a three month stay with multiple travel.
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. In the last year:
- The number of visa refusals has gone up
- The penalties for employers not complying with their obligations has become more severe
- Visa cancellations are up, and
- 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.
- 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.
The standards of the profession are set out in the Migration Agents Regulations 1988, specifically Schedule 2, Regulation 8, The Code of Conduct and in the OMARA Consumer Guide.