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Fiji: Immigration Mounts Case Against Migration Fraud
Source: http://www.pina.com.fj
Source Date: Friday, December 20, 2013
Focus: Knowledge Management in Government, Institution and HR Management
Country: Fiji
Created: Dec 24, 2013

Unregistered migration agents who illegally obtain money from their clients have been warned that Australian authorities will actively pursue their prosecution, after search warrants were executed at the home of a western Sydney man on Wednesday.

 

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) were assisted by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) at the Glenwood home.

 

Minister for Justice Michael Keenan said the AFP worked closely with DIBP to crack illegal operators who flout Australian migration laws.

 

“This raid should serve as a warning to those providing unregistered migration assistance – it is a criminal offence and the AFP, Australia’s lead law enforcement agency, is helping to shutdown these illegal operations,” Keenan said.

 

Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator Michaelia Cash, said the man is suspected of charging Fijian citizens to obtain visitor visas with no work rights and operating a service which refers them to work illegally on Australian farms.

 

“This individual, who is not a registered migration agent, is believed to be providing migration advice and advertises these services via his business website, while also referring visa holders with no work rights to work illegally,” Minister Cash said.

 

The investigation was in response to an anonymous dob-in from the community.

 

“The Government encourages the community to report any unregistered migration agents by either calling the department’s dob-in line or by visiting the website,” Minister Cash said.

 

People who advertise migration advice or assistance are required by law to be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA).

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