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Form 1548 Application for an Australian Legal Practitioner Number (LPN). and updated Form 956 and Giving immigration assistance in Australia Fact Sheet

The Director of the Office of the MARA has provided the following information to Migration Alliance overnight:

Please see below the new Form 1548 ‘Application for an Australian Legal Practitioner Number’ (LPN).   

Form-1548.pdf

Please see attached the updated Form 956 Appointment of a registered migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person and "Giving immigration assistance in Australia" Fact Sheet. 

Form-965-March-2021.pdf  and Giving-Immigration-Assistance-in-Australia-Fact-Sheet.pdf

The forms and Fact Sheet have been published on the Home Affairs website today, 22 March 2021. 

From 22 March 2021, amendments to the Migration Act 1958 will commence, allowing an Australian legal practitioner (lawyer) to provide immigration assistance in connection with legal practice. This means that a lawyer may provide immigration assistance without being a registered migration agent (RMA). 

The Home Affairs website page https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/help-support/who-can-help-with-your-application has been updated with new tabs to support clients’ understanding of who can provide immigration assistance including a new tab for lawyers. The new tab is titled ‘Using a legal practitioner’. From this page lawyers can download and complete the new form 1548 ‘Application for an Australian Legal Practitioner Number’ (LPN). 

Lawyers who are RMAs on 22 March 2021 will be automatically transferred from the OMARA Register to a lawyer database – they will not need to complete form 1548. As of the 22 March 2021, they will need to use the updated Form 956 Appointment of a registered migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person, for any new clients that that they provide immigration assistance to. Client applications already lodged in ImmiAccount prior to the 22 March 2021 do not require a new Form 956. 

Lawyers not on the OMARA Register on 22 March 2021 will need to complete form 1548

  • Until November 21, the form 1548 will ask for a Migration Agents Registration Number (MARN) – lawyers who were previously registered migration agents should provide their former MARNs. They will then need to email the completed form 1548 with a copy of their practising certificates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 
  • Lawyers who intend to commence providing immigration assistance and who have never been registered with the OMARA will also need to complete Form 1548 but leave the question asking for a MARN blank. These lawyers will then email the completed form 1548 with a copy of their practising certificates to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . They will receive a 7 digit unique identifier number starting with the digits 55 – this identifier number will be used for their ImmiAccount and lodging visa applications until November 2021. 

All lawyers after November 2021 will receive their own unique identifier number called the Legal Practitioner Number (LPN).   

The unique identifier number is so that Departmental decision makers can identifier who can provide lawful immigration assistance.  

The consumer guide has been updated: Guide

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    Helen Monday, 22 March 2021

    This is ok however there also needs to be a small reference by way of an explanation that comparing Lawyers and doctors, a person goes to a doctor for general health issues HOWEVER the gP makes a referral to a Specialist for something outside his scope. RMAs are the SPECIALIST. We do not practice any other law.

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    RAMANDEEP KAUR HASIJA Thursday, 25 March 2021

    There is another updated Form 956 (Design date 03/21a).

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    Enlightenend One Tuesday, 30 March 2021

    Helen, RMA's are not the specialists as you so put it. RMA's are equivalent to nurses who assist GP's or doctors. They are not the SPECIALISTS. Also, they do not "practice law" as they are not registered in the roll of lawyers with the Supreme Courts of relevant states.

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