Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen MP, today warned prospective migrants and visa applicants to Australia to be wary of migration scammers.

'It is vital that people are aware of fraudsters' tricks before handing over money for immigration assistance which is never provided,' Mr Bowen said.

'This is why the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has launched a new online consumer protection resource to help people to learn about migration scams online and safeguard against scams.

'The Protect Yourself from Migration Fraud information kit includes victims' stories, tips to stay safe online, information on how to identify non-genuine websites and fraudulent emails, links to consumer resources and a video testimonial.'

The information kit has been developed following an increase in complaints about internet migration scams, which often appear to be official Australian Government websites.

'A common tactic of these sites is the use of language such as 'registered provider' or 'Australian visa application service',' Mr Bowen said.

'They claim that they can 'guarantee' a visa, this is a 'once in a lifetime opportunity' or it is your 'only chance' to travel or migrate to Australia.'

In the most prevalent scam, clients are invited to register online before a salesperson contacts them and asks them to provide credit card details. Charges are then debited to their card despite no migration service being provided.

Migration fraud involves illegal operators posing as migration professionals. In Australia, migration agents must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority.

People with information about migration scams or illegal operators should telephone DIAC's Dob-In Line or visit the DIAC website.
Telephone: 1800 009 623 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting end_of_the_skype_highlighting1800 009 623
See: Feedback - About our Service

DIAC's Protect Yourself from Migration Fraud information kit can be found on the DIAC website.
See: Protect Yourself from Migration Fraud

Source: www.immi.gov.au

 

"Choosing the right migration consultant is difficult.  I consulted with many Migration Agents, but Opal Consulting impressed me a lot.  I applied for a visa for my husband, which was rejected.  After some time my friends suggested that I try "Opal Consulting".  I was amazed with their professionalism and the way they arranged my documents. They kept me up to date throughout the whole process.  We got the visa after 3 months. Yeah!  Finally I was so happy to see my husband after 3 years and with hard struggle."

Regina Shrestha

btn consumerguide

Click to make an Enquiry

Subscribe to the Opal Consulting newsletter

facebook-logo

Tell us what you think

How do you rate consultancies (education & migration)?

728763560 [{"id":"1","title":"On the basis of service","votes":"25","type":"x","order":"1","pct":45.45,"resources":[]},{"id":"2","title":"On the basis of price","votes":"7","type":"x","order":"2","pct":12.73,"resources":[]},{"id":"3","title":"On the basis of knowledge","votes":"17","type":"x","order":"3","pct":30.91,"resources":[]},{"id":"4","title":"On the basis of personal relation","votes":"6","type":"x","order":"4","pct":10.91,"resources":[]}] ["#ff5b00","#4ac0f2","#b80028","#eef66c","#60bb22","#b96a9a","#62c2cc"] gpie 200 200 /component/communitypolls/?task=poll.vote MSG_ERROR_NO_SELECTION Please select either existing option or enter your own, however not both. MSG_THANK_YOU_NO_RESULTS COM_COMMUNITYPOLLS_LABEL_ANSWERS Votes ...

What our clients say about us

First of all thanks a lot. Me and my family are really happy.   “We are extremely thankful for your help to obtain our goal. Binesh is a client focused and true to his word. He has handled our case in a professional way and…

Read more...

I would like to thank Binesh dai for such a support and proper guidance and for his honesty towards his job. I remember my first visit to opal consulting and meeting Binesh dai for my college change process and he replied so honestly without any…

Read more...

We visited Opal Consulting to apply for our parent’s visa as it had been rejected numerous times in past few years. We had heard good reviews and professional work done by Mr.Biwek Thapa.   Therefore, hoping for some miracle to happen for our parent’s visa…

Read more...

I would like to big thank for biwek thapa, binesh shrestha and opal team for assisting my wife to get her partner visa and tourist visa (600) while she was waiting for partner visa. I’m so glad that she got her tourist visa during partner…

Read more...

This letter is in appreciation to Biwek Thapa / Wilson Sharma & Team.   I have applied 4 times and it got rejected of my wife’s Dependent VISA. All the migrations agents told me, “It is a complicated file and concluded saying it’s not possible…

Read more...

The experience during my Permanent Residency visa process with Opal consulting was one of the most incredible moments in my life and I would really like to appreciate the work done by Biwek Thapa and Binesh to make my dream of becoming permanent residency of…

Read more...

Hi Biwek ji,   I first rung Biewk Thapa, as barely-out-of-uni jobless person, with no idea on how to go about my residency business. I called him around/after 5pm on a business day. He was kind enough to return my call and later speak to…

Read more...

Thank you and all Opal stars for helping us with our visa application. Huge thanks to Binesh dai for all your assistance and most importantly patience in assisting us.   We found you to be friendly and approachable, efficient, professional and extremely knowledgeable in the…

Read more...

    Mr. Biwek ThapaCEO-Opal consulting-education and migration services. Mr. Suresh swarMarketing office- Opal consulting-education and migration services.   Dear Mr. Biwek Thapa,   Thank you for your kind and respectful services, I got the best possible result I could hope for, I really appreciate…

Read more...

What a roller coaster journey it was until we received our Australian PR.   I would like to thank you for all your support through out our process and also making our visa application process successful. Putting through our application for all three visas was…

Read more...

Qualified and Registered Australian Immigration and Visa Consultants
logo MIA 300 AECA Logo 300
Member of
Migration Alliance