Why fees vary

Under the Code of Conduct for registered migration agents, the amount your agent charges (fees) must be fair and reasonable. Your agent will set their fee based on your circumstances, the complexity of your case, what work has been done/still needs to be done, and the urgency of your case.

Agent fees vary and depend on:

  • Your visa application type.
  • The amount of time it will take to prepare your application. Some visa applications take longer to prepare than others. You can check how much your agent might charge you in the list of fees in the Agent fee data table below.
  • The level of service you need.
  • If you need extra help or have complex circumstances. For example your agent might charge more if you have dependants on your application (such as children).
  • The experience and qualifications of your agent. If your agent is a lawyer or has many years of experience, their fees might be higher. If your agent’s fees seem too high, discuss this with them before signing a contract.

Consider talking to a few agents about their service and fees, before you choose one and sign a written contract with them.
Our fees are determined by the specifics of your case, i.e. complexity, urgency, type of visa, whether a submission (legal argument) is required, how many are included in the application and whether you complete our electronic questionnaire or not, etc.

The table below is the MARA range of fees and represents the range of fees charged by registered migration agents for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017. It gives you an idea of how much you might pay an agent to help with your visa.

Agent fee data MARA – 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017
Temporary visa services Bridging visa

Business (visitor)

Graduate – Skilled

Other temporary resident

Other visitor

Student

Student Guardian

Temporary Graduate

Temporary Non-business

Temporary Work Skilled (457)

Tourist

Working Holiday

$150 – $550

$500 – $1,500

$990 – $2,500

$1000 – $2,500

$500 – $1,500

$500 – $2,420

$550 – $2,000

$750 – $2,500

$1000 – $3,000

$2,000 – $5,000

$330 – $1,500

$500 – $1,250

Permanent visa services Australian Declaratory visa

Business Skills

Child Migration

Employer Nomination Scheme

General Skilled Migration

Humanitarian Offshore

Onshore Protection

Other Skilled

Parent Migration

Partner Migration

Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme

Returning Resident

Skilled Independent

Special Migration

$550 – $5,500

$3,700 – $18,000

$1,500 – $3,800

$2,500 – $5,500

$2,000 – $4,800

$1,500 – $4,950

$1,100 – $5,500

$2,200 –  $5,000

$2,000 – $4,200

$500 – $4,400

$3,300 – $6,000

$500 – $2,000

$2,200 – $4,750

$1,300 – $5,500

Other New Zealand Special Category visa

Review Application

$500 – $2,200

$1,500 – $5,000

Note: These fees are in Australian dollars and include Goods and Services Tax (GST). These fees do not include visa application charges payable to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP).
Source: MARA