6 tips for avoiding migration fraud
Immi Adviser outlines 6 tips you should be aware of to protect yourself from migration fraud and scams.
1. There is only one official Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) website. This website is the Australian Government’s website. Each registered migration agent/agency may have their own website, however these websites are not official government websites.
2. The DIBP will not ask for fines or penalties by telephone. They will only ask for this in writing.
3. No one can guarantee you an Australian visa, not even a Registered Migration Agent. We recommend you avoid websites which claim to ‘guarantee’ you a visa. Only an official officer from the DIBP can grant you an Australian visa.
4. The DIBP will only contact you in relation to a visa that has already been lodged. They will never call you to offer you a deal. Be careful of emails that claim you have been selected for resettlement in Australia. The DIPB does not offer a resettlement program through unsolicited emails or electronic ballots.
5. If your migration agent keeps telling you “don’t worry, the department is still processing your application” for an unusual period of time, we recommend you contact the DIBP for a copy of your confirmation letter. Before you do this, you should look at the standard process times available on the DIBP’s website.
6. To prevent identity fraud, you should not leave your original documents with anyone.
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