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Published on July 27th, 2009 | by


Bad Australian migration advice “still rife” overseas

Information released by the Australian government shows that in the past twelve months, six migration agents and five education providers have been stripped of their registrations, with a further five migration agents suspended and 10 cautioned for forging or using false documents.

The information comes in a week when the Australian migration industry has seen raids on migration agents offices and attacks on an Indian journalist investigating the alleged scam in visas to Australia.

The Australian government has announced a crackdown on illegal agents, but the ‘‘great raft’’ of operators giving bad immigration advice from overseas had been ignored, the Migration Institute of Australia said.

The institute’s chief executive, Maureen Horder, said unqualified agents misrepresenting Australia abroad numbered in the hundreds, possibly thousands.

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One Response to Bad Australian migration advice “still rife” overseas

  1. Wendy says:

    I have to agree with the comments above, my husband and I have sold up everything we had at home in the UK, good jobs etc to come to Australia, which was our dream. We found an advert in the Australia and New Zealand magazine in the UK that an agent and college would offer a course and said that sponsorships were available.

    We haveknow been here 10 months we have not word of sponsorship, no support or advice, we are basically on our own. We were also told that we would not have a problem in getting a job even though we can only work 20 hours a week, I still have had no regular work.

    I think that something should be done about it as we all give up everything on a promise from an agent/college only to find out it is not quite as we are first told.

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