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Immigration scam targets those looking for love

Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Australian women (and men), desperate to find love, are being targeted by overseas scammers who are seeking Australian permanent residency and citizenship. According to a Queensland pastor who was recently interviewed by 4BC Radio, there are several known cases where vulnerable women have been 'tricked' in to fake marriages, even falling pregnant, only to be left by their partner soon after.

More from The Australian;

Pastor Sean, who chose to only be known by his first name to protect the identity of the victims, said he knows of three young women who have been swindled over the past two years.

“There seems to be some sort of organised, I don’t know if we can call it a scam, but some sort of organised group that looks towards what I’d call susceptible young ladies, who are longing for a relationship, longing for intimacy and they are wooed into a secret or arranged marriage,” he told 4BC.

Pastor Sean said the women were introduced to the men face-to-face in two out of the three cases he has seen.

The Pastor believes the men had been living in the country on student visas.

A woman, who went by the name Rose, told 4BC she had fallen pregnant to a man who was trying to scam her.

Rose said she had been emotionally vulnerable when she first started seeing the man who tried to pressure her into marriage once she revealed she was an Australia citizen.

She declined but later found out she had fallen pregnant.

The man, who has physically abused Rose in past, now claims he wants to take the child from her and continues to demand marriage.

“The only reason he was with me was because of residency, he didn’t see me as a wife, or to love me,” she said.

Pastor Sean said often the men would disappear and divorce the women after two years after attaining visas.

The Department of Immigration is investigating the claims.

To read the full story at The Australian, click here.

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Remembering what Gough Whitlam did for immigration in Australia

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Tributes are flowing within Australia and around the world for former Australian prime minister, Gough Whitlam who passed away today, aged 98.

As Australia's 21st prime minister, Mr Whitlam was both praised and criticised for the way that he bravely and boldly changed Australia during his three years in power before being sensationally dismissed from office by then Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975.

Among his many historical achievements include the introduction of Medicare, the abolition of university tuition fees, the establishment of diplomatic relations with China (now Australia's largest trading partner) and of course his significant contribution to multiculturalism in Australia.

The Whitlam Government was the first to adopt the concept of a multicultural Australian society. Mr Whitlam removed the last vestiges of the White Australia policy, and the concept of a multicultural Australian society became government policy for the first time. The government established multicultural radio stations and telephone translation services, and provided special educational support for migrant children.

The Whitlam government also passed the Racial Discrimination Act. It made it illegal to discriminate against people because of their origin in the the areas of access to employment, pay and working conditions, and access to housing.

Vale Gough Whitlam, rest in peace.


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Australian PR applicants caught cheating in English language tests

Wednesday, October 08, 2014
A number of Australian permanent residency applicants have been found to have cheated on their English language tests by paying professional exam sitters to take the test for them. Details of the cheating were recently revealed through a number of refusals by the Australian Migration Review Tribunal, pointing out that photos taken of the hired exam sitters did not match the passport photos of the applicants. 

More from the Courier Mail;

TWO dozen foreigners have been caught hiring professional exam sitters to help get them Australian residency, in a lucrative visa racket.

And 17 more have been found to have changed their scores to turn a fail into a pass.

The mostly Indian students were desperate to pass their English tests because it is the only way they can get permanent residency in Australia.

Details of the racket were revealed in a series of decisions by Australia’s Migration Review Tribunal.

In September alone the tribunal refused the visa applications of four fraudsters who hired impostors to sit exams.

Industry sources say this is just the tip of the iceberg.

Nearly all the cheaters refused to admit their guilt and came up with creative reasons why their photos didn’t match.

Reports in Indian newspapers say cheaters pay up to $2000 to pass the International English Language Testing System test by having “sitters” superimpose their photos on candidates’ passports.

In 2009 a Perth man was jailed for taking $32,000 from Indian students who cheated their English tests.

Nearly all the cheaters caught in recent months arrived in Australia on student visas many years ago and were trying to become permanent residents.

To read the full article at the Courier Mail, click here.

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