Published on July 27th, 2009 | by john.weir1
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 â€˜â€˜great raftâ€™â€™ of operators giving bad immigration advice from overseas had been ignored, the Migration Institute of Australia said.
The instituteâ€™s chief executive, Maureen Horder, said unqualified agents misrepresenting Australia abroad numbered in the hundreds, possibly thousands.
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