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Old 05-04-2014, 08:14 AM
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Yeah I just saw this on the news myself.

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A secret blacklist of lawyers and migration agents compiled by the Department of Immigration has been discovered, sparking outrage about the ''vindictiveness'' of the department and calls for an immediate inquiry.

The list of so-called ''agents of concern'' names 30 lawyers and migration agents around the country who have been deemed to be ''high risk'' or of concern by the department, leading to greater scrutiny of their applications for clients seeking partner visas.

Some of the lawyers and agents on the covert ''Agents of Concern List A and List B'' have been in business for decades and more than three-quarters of them have never had any official sanction against them
Kind of scary for anyone using a migration agent.


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Yeah I just saw this on the news myself.



Kind of scary for anyone using a migration agent.
Not only that. But the article tell us a bit about the process ie. how application are allocated to case officers.

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I would love to see the list! I'd be willing to bet that the majority of those on the list (if not all) were on there for a reason - i.e., a high number of cases submitted that were later determined to be fraudulent. That's sheer speculation, though, without seeing the actual list, and nothing says there can't be an agent or two on there in error.

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They keep secret list of countries that get special treatment, they have a secret dictionary that only they can see the meaning of, they have many secret things!

It is about time the immigration department get some heat, while they do need some transparency - they currently operate in invisible mode and no-one stands up to them. Now the boats have stopped I personally hope they start a cull from the top down. With waiting times of partner visa's as they are 12 months, our very educated unemployed and the cost of visa's - there should almost no waiting certainly NO LONGER than it takes an agent to prepare a submission.

An approved by DIABP Migration Agent should be able to say your application will be approved pending that no forged/false documents have been given to them by the applicant.

Just my thoughts. lol


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Here's the thing - if every criterion they used for determining if a case was legitimate or fraudulent was made public, it would be a thousand times easier for fraudsters to craft fraudulent cases. Frankly, I think there are some things that NEED to stay for DIBP's eyes only. (Not saying this list in particular is one of them... just that some things do).

As to processing times, frankly I think the current government administration and their budget cuts are MUCH more to blame for that... every time the budget needs cutting, Immigration gets hit HARD and they have to make COs worldwide redundant. How can you shorten processing times with so few employees? You can't. You have to have money to be able to hire MORE if you want processing times to go down.

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Exactly my point CG.

If an approved agent (then effectively a paid by user contractor) has all relevant information to comply with application requirements. (obviously they already spend large resources checking agent to have a list spanning 3+years)

Then the only main task left is to check for forged documents and call some or all of the people that supplied form 888 say 8 calls @ 30 mins each call.

If then an application took more than a week I would be surprised. Cases processed in a week x cost of employment (even in Australia) would leave a very tidy profit.


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I'm very unhappy about the article because I'm using an agent . I know my agent comes highly recommended and has been around a long time but going by article that doesn't seem to matter. DIBP would have a massive fight on its hands if it is found to be treating us with bias for no valid reason! This whole process is difficult enough without now having the concern that our application could be denied on a whim. Cozimhappy is now cozimNOThappy!!!

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FWIW, if you read the documents linked here, the "agent blacklist" didn't (at least they claim it didn't) affect the decision-making process. It only affected whether your case was assigned to a junior or senior CO. So... I don't know that it necessarily meant it underwent extra scrutiny.. merely that someone more senior was looking at it. At least, that's what is claimed in those emails.

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