‘Use of­fi­cial chan­nel to ob­tain Aussie visas’

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysians have been ad­vised to deal only through rep­utable and of­fi­cial chan­nels when seek­ing Aus­tralian visas.

This is to avoid fall­ing vic­tim to visa fraud and scams.

In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the Aus­tralian High Com­mis­sion ap­pealed to Malaysians to un­der­stand what their visa or elec­tronic travel au­thor­ity (ETA) al­lowed them to do while in the coun­try.

“Re­cently, a num­ber of visa scams have emerged in Malaysia.

“These scams may take the form of agents of­fer­ing visas and flights to Aus­tralia for peo­ple to work il­le­gally.

“These scams are de­lib­er­ate at­tempts to mis­lead peo­ple into break­ing Aus­tralian laws, for money or other per­sonal gain,” it said.

The state­ment added that the gov­ern­ment was concerned that many Malaysians were be­ing taken ad­van­tage of by these scam­mers.

ETAs, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment, do not pro­vide work rights in Aus­tralia and it is il­le­gal for ETA hold­ers to work in the coun­try. “If they work in Aus­tralia in breach of their visa con­di­tions, they may be de­tained and re­moved from the coun­try and be sub­ject to a three-year ex­clu­sion pe­riod.”

The state­ment said the Aus­tralian gov­ern­ment took strong ac­tion to elim­i­nate or­gan­ised crim­i­nal net­works and un­scrupu­lous em­ploy­ers and agents seek­ing to profit from ex­ploit­ing vul­ner­a­ble mi­grant work­ers.

This ac­tion in­cludes the es­tab­lish­ment of Task­force Cadena last year and the Mi­grant Work­ers Task­force this year.

The Mi­grant Work­ers Task­force has been in­tro­duced to pro­vide ex­pert ad­vice on mea­sures that will de­liver bet­ter pro­tec­tion for over­seas work­ers.

This in­cluded in­creas­ing penal­ties for em­ploy­ers who un­der­pay mi­grant work­ers and who fail to keep proper em­ploy­ment records.

Malaysians are also urged to in­form the Aus­tralian High Comis­sion in Kuala Lumpur if they are aware of, or sus­pect a scam re­lated to Aus­tralian visas.

They can do so by email­ing to visakl@dfat.gov.au. – Ber­nama

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