Australia cracks down on ‘rorting’ ( making fraudulent visa applications)
As indicated by the Figures released by the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC), a large numbers of young travellers are engaging in the practice of deploying fraudulent ways to further their stay in Australiaafter their working holiday visas expire. This is done with the help of Australian farmers who sell them falsified documents to support their applications.
Australian immigration issues working holiday visa to young people coming from countries like Denmark, France Belgium, Canada, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Hong Kong, the Republic of Ireland, Italy, Japan, Estonia, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Taiwan and the United Kingdom, with which Australia has a reciprocal work and holiday visa arrangements.
The validity of these visas is of 12 months. However, if the holder of the visa has worked in Australia for 3 months in any of the industries specified for skills shortage, they are permitted to get an extension of their visas. This arrangement is prevalent because farming in Australia depends much on these applicants for it’s manpower.
In 2009, Australian immigration authorities came across adverts offering false documents for extension of working holiday visas on the web, which raised their suspicions. Evidences suggest that farmers charge approx. Aus$400-500, to provide these documents.
Since then, DIAC has cancelled 1059 working holiday visa extension applications. Last year, 6 immigrants have been prosecuted and 5 convicted on the same grounds.
A spokesman of the department of immigration said that the cases have reduced in number as a result of this crack down and they are welcoming immigrants on fair grounds, and this issue shall not bring about any change or reduction in the Australian immigration program.
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