10 December 2018: A 32-year-old man has been arrested for allegedly providing false identity documents on a protection visa application.
The unidentified Indian national had apparently applied for protection visa in 2015 with a different name but was refused, Australian Border Police Force (ABF) said today.
Providing false information on a visa application constitutes a serious offence carrying a maximum penalty of up to 10 years imprisonment and fines of up to $110,000, ABF warned.
It appears the man assumed a different identify since being refused a protection visa in 2015 and applied for a second time using that new identity.
The Indian national, arrested under the Migration Act 1958, had earlier presented himself at the Quakers Hill police station in Sydney after an arrest warrant was obtained by the ABF investigators for the alleged migration fraud.
ABF Superintendent Investigations Garry Low said the arrest should serve as a warning to people who think they can exploit the Australian visa system.
“Providing false information on a visa application is a serious offence and the ABF actively pursues the prosecution of people found engaging in these types of crimes,” Superintendent Low said.
The man was charged with furnishing a document containing false or misleading information under section 234(1)(c) of the Act, an ABF press release said.
The alleged offender appeared in Blacktown Local Court on 6 December 2018 and was refused bail.
ABF says protecting integrity of the Australian migration system is its operational priority.
It urges people with information about suspected migration fraud to report online at www.australia.gov.au/borderwatch. You can remain anonymous.