Australian Migration Agents PTY LTD, the first Australian-registered migrant agents in Cambodia, had a soft launch of their service in an office in Phnom Penh on Friday.
The aim is to provide a fully legal visa application service to Australia for Cambodians.
AMA’s office in Phnom Penh assists business owners and investors to take the opportunity of expanding their businesses and investments into Australia under the various fields approved by the Australian Government.
It is set to serve thousands of the nation’s Australian in categories such as business visas, business investor and innovation visas, select skilled visas, resident return visas, partner visas and student visas.
Robert Chelliah, CEO of MARA Registered Agent in Phnom Penh, said that with the accessibility of the office in Phnom Penh he hoped to assist applicants who due to the lack of Australia migration knowledge, have been opting to use unregistered agents.
“Using an unregistered migration agent for your Australian visa applicants is not only unlawful but it also puts the applicant at an extremely high risk. They are not protected by the Australian MARA Registered board,” Mr Chelliah said.
“Not only that, these ill-equipped mediators that act as an agent will not be able to represent the client should their case and the application require further appeal and legislative intervention,” he said.
After the launch, the team will educate Cambodians on how to choose a registered migrant agent via the code of conduct for registered agents, he said.
Countries like Cambodia are a market with many people who wish to apply for visas for Australia. This was the reason for bringing the AMA to open a representative office in Phnom Penh, Mr Chelliah said.
Chan Sereyrothna, a staff member of a private company who wishes to apply for a visa for Australia, said that she was worried about being cheated by migration agents because she had been told of cases.
“I came to take part in the the seminar because I want to learn more and ask about applying to Australia for a visa,” Ms Sereyrothna said after taking part in the launch.
“We have to learn as much as we can, because it is complicated and we would need to spend a lot of money. We don’t want to lose it,” she said.
The Australia-based AMA has representative offices in Singapore, Malaysia, and Cambodia.