24 February 2010

Australian immigration legislation to combat people smuggling

The Australian Government has outlined the intention to introduce legislation to significantly strengthen Australia’s people smuggling laws.

Australian Immigration

New Australian immigration legislation will clamp down on people smuggling.

The Anti-People Smuggling and Other Measures Bill 2010, will be introduced into Parliament today as part of Australian immigration measures to target criminal groups who organise, participate and benefit from people smuggling activities.

The Bill will enable the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) to specifically investigate people smuggling and other Australian immigration and border security threats.

Also introduced in the Bill are additional offences and strong penalties for people smugglers including:

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

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