28 January 2019: Australian Border Force (ABF) continues to crackdown on fake migration agents with the arrest of a 30-year-old woman who was charged with several migration offences last week.
The alleged fraudster was arrested as she arrived at the Sydney International Airport on January 24. Her arrest was the result of a joint operation by ABF and Australian Federal Police, ABF said over the weekend.
It is understood the investigation is still ongoing and as such, more arrests could not be ruled out.
The woman allegedly helped a number of foreign citizens fraudulently obtain Australian visas. She was also operating illegally as a migration agent, ABF said in a statement.
Following the latest immigration fraud arrest, ABF superintendent Garry Low has strongly urged people considering migration to Australia to ensure that they find a duly “registered migration agent” instead of being taken advantage of by bogus agents.
Superintendent Low has also warned that anyone found to “undermine the integrity of Australia’s migration systems” will be prosecuted.
“Only registered migration agents can legally give advice on migration law. It is a serious offence to offer someone assistance with migration matters if you are not a registered migration agent,” Mr Low warned.
The woman will appear in the Sydney Central Local Court on March 26 after having initially faced the same court on January 25.
The arrest of the alleged migration fraudster comes after a Chinese migration agent was arrested similarly as he arrived in the country on December 21. The 32-year-old man was charged with 10 offences under the Migration Act 1958.