ACCC Reports Increase in Immigration Misconduct

Immigration laws have been strengthened and any migration lawyers caught falsifying documents or forging jobs and taking advantage of susceptible visa applicants get hefty fines and may even have their licenses suspended or cancelled. A number of agents have had their practices terminated and licenses cancelled due to misconduct while undertaking their duties. Corrupt migration agents were caught taking advantage of unsuspecting visa applicants. Some have been caught forging visa documents while others have engaged in faking jobs and falsifying signatures. In another instance, an immigration agent harassed applicant while another one charged a huge amount for a failed application.

Crooked immigration agents are highly taking advantage of innocent visa applicants and this has led to many agents losing their licenses for misconduct. Agents in Melbourne and Sydney have been victims of dodgy deals and have been caught creating false jobs, forging documents, and even charging thousands of dollars for visa applications they knew will not go through. A registered migration agent was found to have misled and employed an applicant in his restaurant who had no visa and ended up harassing her and even declined to pay her.

The Home Affairs Department cancelled the registration of Ravinder Singh who is a former owner of Punjabi Tandoori Corner in Melbourne for a failed integrity. According to the report by Daily Telegraph, the department in January found him unfit to offer immigration services. The tribunal canceled the license of Bei Zheng, an immigration agent based in Sydney after she launched nine plagiarized protection visa claims. The tribunal found her guilty of wasting the time of immigration authorities and that of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Zheng claimed that a certain person prepared an incriminating statement and her license was cancelled for different reasons.

In December, Home Affairs found Hoan Trang Nguyen to have engaged in fraud and presenting falsified documents. In another instance, an agent presented 20 bogus refugee applications where some were found to be a direct copy of Malaysian MPs speeches.

A total of 23 transgressions have been registered since January 2017 with additional claims of fabricated documents and forged signatures. Some agents went as far as creating nonexistent jobs or even devising failing court appeals to siphon money from their customers. One agent told authorities that an applicant’s documents were destroyed in a house fire which he had charged thousands of dollars.

Liberal Member for Mackellar, Jason Falinski said dishonest agents must be dealt with and the federal government must act hastily to stop them. Jason said that there are people ready to give false hope for selfish gains.