14 January 2010

Irish deported for fraud on second Australian Working Holiday Visa

At least a dozen Irish nationals have been deported from Australia in the past two weeks following Australian immigration investigations into second working holiday visa fraud.

Australian Immigration issue second working holiday visa to applicants who have spent at least three months working in rural areas as a specified worker, typically within the horticulture or construction industries.

However, Australian Immigration say some of those arrested had acquired their second working holiday by using bogus details.

A spokesman for Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Senator Chris Evans, said such fraud is “a serious offence that will not be tolerated”.

Temporary visa holders who acquire a visa fraudulently are liable for cancellation of their visa and deportation from Australia and can also face criminal charges with jail terms of up to 10 years and/or a fine of up to AU$110,000.

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship has strengthened integrity measures to detect and deter fraud within the Australian Visa programme for working holiday makers.

The fraud discovered involved backpackers paying up to $500 for the business details of a farmer, who had previously hired backpackers, and the visa applicant then claimed they had worked on that farm.

The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people lodge their Australian immigration applications with the Australian Embassy .  

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