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  1. Visas and immigration
    People applying for visas for Australia who seek the help of an agent are being reminded that they can trust those registered with the Migration Institute of Australia after reports of immigration fraud. 'No level or form of immigration fraud is acceptable and any professional who fraudulently...
  2. Visas and immigration
    New criminal and civil penalties have been introduced in Australia to combat visa fraud as part of crackdown particularly on activities surrounding payment for visas. They are aimed at people who ask for, receive, offer or provide a benefit in return for visa sponsorship or employment that...
  3. Visas and immigration
    There has been an increase in Australian visas being cancelled amid a growth in fraud relating to spouses, finances and civil partners, particularly among former overseas students. It is estimated that around 50,000 people were granted visas as partners in the 2013/2014 financial year, up 3.1%...
  4. Visas and immigration
    A coordinated national operation to tackle visa fraud and worker exploitation across Australia has already shown significant results, the immigration department has announced. Operation Cloudburst, which involved 11 operations in all states across the country, has led to the detention of...
  5. Visas and immigration
    Couples are to be targeted in the latest crackdown on immigration fraud in Australia, particularly those who have declared sponsorship for a partner visa. A new data-matching program, which is a joint initiative between the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and Human...
  6. Visas and immigration
    The clampdown on people on visitor visas in Australia who have overstayed their legal time in the country is continuing. In particular, illegal workers, their employers and labour hire companies have been put on notice that they will be targeted. In the latest operation, some 40 illegal...
  7. Visas and immigration
    Foreign workers sponsored by Australian companies on 457 visas are being urged to make sure they know their rights and report employers who abuse the system. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has pointed out that sponsor businesses have a number of obligations they must...
  8. Visas and immigration
    A compliance operation undertaken in an Australian state has found the largest number of illegal workers in a single location this year, it has been announced. Some 37 illegal workers were located by Department of Immigration and Border Protection compliance officers at a citrus farm in...
  9. Visas and immigration
    A national campaign has been launched in Australia to investigate allegations of unauthorised payment to sponsors in return for visas. Although the majority of people do the right thing, there is a small minority who defraud the country's migration programmes, according to Michealia Cash...
  10. Visas and immigration
    Australia's 457 visa, which allows overseas workers to work for up to four years, has attracted a lot of controversy with calls being made for an investigation into abuse of the system. The visa programme has been under the spotlight as part of a wider review of immigration by an independent...
  11. Visas and immigration
    Indians have been charged up to $50,000 to jump the visa migration queue, it has been claimed. The announcement comes at a time when a major investigation has been launched into widespread migration fraud. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has confirmed it is...
  12. Visas and immigration
    A warning has been issued for migration and visa fraud in Australia as new court cases show perpetrators preying on those seeking help with applications. An Albanian national has been sentenced to 14 months' jail in Melbourne while a former registered migration agent is facing up to 10 years'...
  13. Visas and immigration
    A joint Immigration and Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation has resulted in the conviction of a facilitator of large scale migration fraud. A man identified as a facilitator of immigration fraud as a result of the joint investigation was charged with offences relating to conspiracy to...
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