New Form 956 and 956A

Form 956 – Appointment of a migration agent or exempt agent or other authorised recipient has now been split into two new forms. The previous form had multiple functions including appointing, changing and ending appointment of migration agents, exempt persons and authorised recipients. This was found to be confusing for departmental clients and after extensive consultation with stakeholders, the form was split into two forms.

New Form 956 – Advice by a migration agent/exempt person of providing immigration assistance

This form is to be completed by the migration agent or exempt person to notify the department that:

  • they have been appointed by a client to provide immigration assistance in relation to a matter before the department (for example, visa application), and confirm that they have also been appointed as the authorised recipient
    or
  • their appointment by the client to provide immigration assistance has ceased.

Note: If the client wants to appoint an authorised recipient who is not a migration agent/exempt person, then they will need to complete Form 956A.

New Form 956A – Appointment or withdrawal of authorised recipient

This form is to be completed by the client to notify the department:

  • of the appointment of an authorised recipient to receive written communications that the department would otherwise have sent to the client; or
  • that the appointment of an authorised recipient to receive written communications has ceased.

Date of effect of the new forms

The new forms will be available online from 1 November 2010 and can be downloaded from Legend or the department's website.
See: Numerical List – 100 to 999

What you need to do

From 1 November 2010 please use the new Form 956 and 956A and destroy any old Form 956.

If a migration agent is representing two different people (for example, a sponsor and a visa applicant) in related applications, they will need to complete two Forms 956 – one for the sponsor and one for the visa applicant.