Immigration Investigators Target Working Holiday Scammer

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31 October 2010

Immigration investigators target working holiday scammer

The arrest of a United Kingdom national in relation to a working holiday visa scam sends

a strong message that migration fraud will not be tolerated.

A Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) spokesperson welcomed the arrest

of the man by Australian Federal Police (AFP) today as he arrived at Brisbane Airport,

transiting Australia on his way home to the United Kingdom. He will appear shortly

before the Brisbane Magistrates Court.

The charge he faces relates to the supply of allegedly fraudulent information to the

department regarding a female acquaintance’s application for a second working holiday



“It will be alleged this man aided and abetted a breach of the Migration Act and therefore,

according to the criminal code, he is taken to have committed the same offence,” the

spokesperson said.

The arrest was part of an ongoing DIAC crackdown on fraud relating to second working

holiday maker visas. “Provided they fulfil certain requirements including three months of

regional employment in a specified industry, working holiday makers may apply for a

second 12-month visa,” the spokesperson said.

“However, these applications are closely scrutinised and assessed – in this case, the

applicant, who has already been fined $5000, and this man allegedly together provided

false and misleading information in an effort to secure a second visa for this woman.”

This financial year alone, DIAC has cancelled 162 second working holiday visas on the

basis of fraudulent claims. Investigations are ongoing across a number of states.

Some first-time working holiday visa holders had paid up to $1200 to people claiming to

be Australian farmers in exchange for the purchase of Australian Business Numbers so

they could falsely claim they had worked in a rural area for three months in order to

obtain a second working holiday visa.

“Temporary visa holders who become involved in immigration fraud can face charges

with possible jail terms of up to 10 years, as well as visa cancellations resulting in visa

exclusion periods for submitting false documents or false information to the department,”

the spokesperson said.  

People who have information about immigration fraud are encouraged to contact the

department’s Dob-in Line on 1800 009 623.

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