Authorities in Australia are warning visa applicants using migration agents to make sure they use a registered agent and to check their credentials to avoid being ripped off. Many people looking for work in Australia use the services of a migration agent but the striking off of a Sydney based agent is a reminder of the need to check that they are bone fide and doing their job correctly.
The agent, Jingyi Wang, has been formally de-registered following claims of fraudulent documentation associated with his clients’ visa applications. Investigations of two complaints affecting 12 clients by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) lead to the cancellation of Mr Wang’s agent’s registration. The Office of the MARA found he had failed to act in accordance with his clients’ instructions by lodging applications to a skills assessing body without their knowledge, consent or authority.
Investigators were satisfied the agent’s conduct was designed to enable international students to obtain positive skills assessments based on fraudulent information, to then apply for permanent residency visas under the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s skilled visa programme. ‘In Australia, only people who are registered as migration agents with the Office of the MARA can give immigration assistance and charge a fee or reward for doing so,’ said a DIAC spokesman. ‘Registered migration agents are bound by a code of conduct and are required to provide immigration assistance services in accordance with the professional standards as set out in the code,’ he added.
AUGUST 30, 2013