The Migration Amendment Bill 2019 and Migration Agents Registration Application Change Amendment Bill 2019 was passed by the Senate on 15 June 2020.
Once the new laws come into effect, immigration lawyers will no longer be required to maintain registration as a Registered Migration Agent.
Any lawyer will be able to practice immigration law. There will be no need for dual registration as a migration agent.
Principal solicitor of Rothstein Lawyers, Sophie Manera, cautions lawyers that immigration law is an incredibly complex area of law, and does not recommend new practitioners jump into this area without extensive training. She is happy to provide mentoring to interested lawyers.
Clients should check their lawyer’s number of years of practice in immigration law before proceeding to receive immigration law assistance from a lawyer who was not previously registered as a migration agent.
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