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Simpler re-registration for Australian Migration Agents

The new changes to the re-registration process for Australian Migration Agents that were due to come into effect from January, 2014 have been shelved making the process simpler.

Australia ImmigrationMichaelia Cash, Assistant Immigration Minister said that the requirement of the English language proficiency for the re-registering of Australian Migration Agents is not going to happen and this step is part of a comprehensive drive to reduce red tape.

The change affecting the re-registration of the Australian Migration Agents was about to come into effect from 1st Jan, 2014 under the previous Labor Government. However, Cash said that streamlining the re-registration process will save a lot of money and time for the sector.

According to Cash, the decision is the representation of the government’s commitment to cut down red tape and will allow the industry of migration advice to focus on arranging high quality assistance to clients.

She explained that she was not convinced that the previous government’s decision to enforce an added burden on re-registering agents by compelling them to illustrate their English language competency was backed by evidence.

Cash said that it is clear from her consultations that industry stakeholders were uneasy by the inimical impact this measure may have had on veteran agents.

An extensive review of the migration advice industry needs to be designed including English language requirement for Australian Migration Agents who are entering the profession.

Cash added that considering the role played by the migration advice industry in the delivery of migration program of Australia it is important it maintains high standards and keep developing professionally.

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