Why is the Migration Agents 'MARN' relevant?
As mentioned above, the relevance is due to a well-known secret of immigration profession. Well, it's not exactly a secret, but it's a known fact by everyone who has anything to do with the migration profession, ranging from Migration Agents to staff employed by the Department of Immigration.
What's the 'secret'? Well, the first two digits of a Migration Agent's MARN (Migration Agents Registration Number) represent the year the agent was first registered. My MARN starts with '08,' which means I was first registered in 2008. More specifically, I was first registered in September 2008!
Fast forward to today's date, and I have more than ten years of proven experience as a Registered Migration Agent.
- I've won cases in the Tribunal that were previously refused because of the client's DIY effort.
- I've dealt with onshore cases. I've lodged offshore applications to the UK, Middle East, Europe, Asia, and the Americas.
- I have clients who have been married, divorced and have sought my help TWICE within this period.
- I've had clients removed from immigration detention.
- I've had clients return to Australia after being forcibly deported.
- I've provided assistance to unauthorized boat arrivals in detention facilities around Australia.
- I've acted for a diverse range of clients ranging from individuals to small and large businesses in Australia and overseas. I've lodged visa applications for celebrities, sporting professionals and listed companies in Australia and abroad.
Putting all this information together
I've taken the MARA website search results one step further. My curiosity got the better of me, and I wanted to find out how many Registered Migration Agents have a MARN that start with 18, 17, etc. I wanted to know how many Registered Migration Agents had less than ten years of experience. I did not want an estimate; I wanted an exact figure.
It did not take very long to find an answer to my question. The MARA Register of Migration Agents allows you to search for an agent using only their 'MARN.'
I've found that if you insert 18 in the field titled 'Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN),' the search results provide you with the details for all Migration Agents who were first registered in 2018.
I've replicated this process for MARN's beginning with 08 - 17. My findings are summarised in the table below -
|Year of Registration||Total Number of Registered Migration Agents|
|Total Number of Registered Migration Agents with Less Than 10 Years Experience||836|
The date I've revealed confirms that 62.5 percent of Migration Agents in Sydney have less than 5 years experience.
You don't have to hire me, or any other agent with at least ten years of relevant experience. The purpose of this article is to inform you to help with your decision making. Remember, I have recommended that you hire an Agent with at least five years of experience, so I may not be the right fit for you.
The data I have shared suggests that only 37.5 percent of Migration Agents in Sydney have successfully taken other clients over the 'long haul' in the past.
Nationwide, the results were consistent with the above and confirmed that 65.19 percent of Migration Agents had less than ten years experience and 48 percent were at the level of 5 years or less.
What was going on? People change careers all the time, but this was starting to look more and more like a nationwide epidemic targetting Migration Agents!
Unless you're a Senior Migration Agent, the information I've shared most likely doesn't tell you anything.
Visualization of the data confirmed what I'd felt all along. I am pleased to confirm there wasn't an epidemic, and Migration Agents weren't mysteriously kidnapped or unfairly targetted (what a relief!).
We can see there was a decline in the number of Migration Agents have the 2008 Global Financial Crisis. There was a slow increase in the number of Migration Agents until 2017, where we have started to see another decline. The year of 2017 corresponds with the date the Subclass 457 visa was abolished. The implementation of the new Subclass 482 (Temporary Skills Shortage) visa represented a significant change to the Australian immigration system which had widespread implications not only to Migration Agents but to Australian employers, their sponsored employees and those wishing to apply for a visa.
My role can be quite stressful, but I do love my work as a Registered Migration Agent, and I sincerely feel that I am only ⅓ of the way through my journey in this rewarding profession. I was providing Australian Immigration services to the public before Kevin Rudd, Julia Gillard and Tony Abott were Prime Ministers. I’ve worked through the cabinet appointments (IE - former Immigration Minister's) of Chris Bowen, Michaela Cash, and Peter Dutton, and hope to be here after they've all retired.