New Delhi: The Australian High Commission is urging Indian nationals to be cautious of scams while applying for Australian visas, and to report any frauds to the authorities immediately.
The Australian Government launched a national campaign last month, 'Work visa scams. Don't pay the price' to investigate the allegations of unauthorized payments to visa sponsors in return for visas.
The campaign involved an initial assessment of up to 100 visa sponsors who are subject to allegations of receiving payment for arranging sponsorship for individuals under the 457 visa programme.
' Work visa scams. Don't pay the price' also has a public education component to further educate visa sponsors about their obligations and make visa holders more aware of their rights and responsibilities.
Visa fraud is a serious issue and any attempts to defraud Australia's migrations programmes by a visa holder and/or sponsor will be dealt with by appropriate action from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.