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Overview

Prepare for success in the capstone exam that follows the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law – and launch your career as a registered migration agent.

VU is Australia’s leading migration-law education provider, with the longest-running program nationwide.

If you have successfully completed the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law, study with us for the capstone exam required to become a registered migration agent. Once you pass the external exam, you'll be able to register with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) to provide immigration assistance in Australia.

Through a combination of in-person seminars and online tutorials – delivered over an intensive period – you'll learn:

  • practical techniques for the online exam
  • skills for the 1.5-hour spoken component of the exam, including client interviews, feedback strategies, courses of action and recommendations

You'll learn from current practitioners and specialists in immigration law – as well as benefitting from the breadth of experience and knowledge brought to the course by other students. Meeting other migration specialists will help you to develop your networks as you grow into a migration-law practitioner.

You'll meet the knowledge requirements for registration as a migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA) once you've successfully completed both of the following:

  • the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law
  • the prescribed external capstone exam.

There are other requirements prescribed, including, but not limited to, English-language requirements.

Additional requirements for registration as a migration agent can be found at the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

Our course presenters are barristers and solicitors with specialist expertise in the migration industry. Many have workplace experience preparing practitioners to handle Australian migration law issues. Others have been involved in teaching in migration law for over 30 years, or are specialists in preparing students for postgraduate academic study.

Professor Rodger Fernandez

Rodger Fernandez is a Professor in the College of Law & Justice. He is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. Rodger is the current Chair of the Law Institute of Victoria, Advisory Committee to the Specialisation Board (Immigration Law). He is listed in the Financial Review Australia’s Best Lawyers.

Sherene Ozyurek

Sherene Ozyurek is a Fellow in the College of Law and Justice. She is a Law Institute of Victoria Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. She is also a Committee Member of the Advisory Committee to the Specialisation Board (Immigration Law).

David Prince

David Prince lectures in the College of Law and Justice. David has practised in all aspects of Australian immigration and citizenship law since 1995 and has been recognised as an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law by the Law Society of New South Wales since 2000. David is the current Co-Chair of the Law Society of New South Wales Specialist Accreditation Immigration Law Advisory Committee, and is listed in the Financial Review Australia’s Best Lawyers. He was previously an examiner with the College of Law for the Capstone Assessment.

Kathryn Viegas

Kathryn Viegas lectures in the College of Law and Justice. She is a Law Society of New South Wales Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law. She is also a member of the Law Society of New South Wales’s Specialist Accreditation Immigration Law Advisory Committee. Kathryn is listed in the Financial Review Australia’s Best Lawyers. She was an examiner with the College of Law for the Capstone Assessment.

Careers in migration law

This course will help you prepare for the capstone exam you must pass in order to register as a migration agent.

Possible careers include:

  • registered migration agent with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
  • specialised migration lawyer
  • community law advisor
  • human resource assessors and advisers
  • policy work in government and industry.

There are additional requirements for registration as a migration agent. These include the requirement to be an Australian permanent resident or an Australian citizen, as well as meeting character requirements. Consult OMARA for further information.

Course contents

Completion of 32 hours held over four days.

The course is a Non Award course delivered by the university that is designed for those who have completed the Graduate Certificate in Migration Law and Practice and the Graduate Diploma in Migration Law and wish academic support in preparation for the capstone exam prescribed by legislative instrument IMMI 18/003. 

This is an exam preparatory course totalling 32 hours held over four days. Students will have non-graded self-assessments consisting of practical case studies and practical exams.  Undertaking the course is not a prerequisite for the capstone exam.

Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Completion of Graduate Diploma in Migration Law.

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