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Perth roofing scam leads to twenty-six Irish being deported

Friday, January 23, 2015
An alleged roofing scam by a group of Irish men in Perth has led to the cancellation of visas for 26 Irish nationals who have been detained and await deportation. The scam, which targeted the elderly, came to the attention of police after numerous "traveling conmen reports".

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Police arrested five men and two boys, both 17, on Thursday over allegations they had been posing as employees of a roof repair business and going door to door in Perth suburbs in an an attempt to scam elderly residents.

On Friday police said a further 19 people, all women and children, had been detained by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. “All 26 of these overseas nationals have had their visas cancelled and they are remanded pending deportation to Ireland,” a police spokeswoman said.

Consumer Protection WA issued a public warning about the scam last week.

According to the warning statement issued by the consumer protection commissioner, Anne Driscoll, the scam involved a group of four men who approached elderly homeowners in the inner-city suburbs of Nedlands, Subiaco and Dianella. They reportedly told people their roof needed repair and offered to carry out the work for a fee, sometimes flashing a business card that carried the name of a legitimate roofing repair business.

That repair business was contacted by one of the people fleeced by the group, Driscoll said, which denied having employed them.

In one case, an elderly man told the agency he had paid $17,000 to the men to have his home and driveway painted. They allegedly painted the driveway but did not return to finish the job. In another, an elderly person paid $12,000 to have their roof repaired but only minor work was completed.

In several cases, the men accompanied their elderly customers to the bank while they withdrew the cash to pay them. In other cases the homeowner reported that the repairmen had actually damaged their roofs.

To read the full article at The Guardian, click here.

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DIBP to increase Partner Visa fees

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
On 15 December 2014, the Department of Immigration announced an increase to Partner visa lodgement fees from 1 January 2015. Fee prices will increase by 50%, raising the onshore fee to $6,865.50 and the offshore fee to $4,627.50.

In order to avoid the increase, applications must be received by the Department of Immigration or Australian Embassy by 31 December 2014. Where possible, it is strongly suggested that applications be lodged online to ensure they are received in time.

As AMVL Migrations will be closing on 24 December for the holidays, anyone considering lodging a Partner visa application who would like our assistance should contact our office immediately.

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DIBP catch 40 visa overstayers in NSW

Monday, December 15, 2014
In compliance operations targeting two properties in regional New South Wales, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) has located 40 illegal workers and visa overstayers. The group, understood to be from Malaysia are reported to have arrived in Australia on visitor visas all of which have since expired.

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection the Hon. Scott Morrison announced further details;

Illegal workers, their employers and labour hire companies have been put on notice following the location of 40 illegal workers and visa overstayers in two immigration compliance operations in the regional NSW township of Euston this week.

'The operation located 23 unlawful non-citizens and follows an earlier successful operation in November which found 17 people believed to be working illegally on local farms,' Minister Morrison said.

Those caught working illegally as well as visa overstayers will be detained and removed from Australia and can face exclusion periods of up to three years to prevent them re-entering Australia.

Of the group of 23 people, 12 men and eight women have been transferred to an Adelaide detention facility pending their removal from Australia at the earliest opportunity. The other three Malaysian women, all from the same family and including a 14 year old girl, have been granted bridging visas with strict reporting conditions to arrange their departure from Australia.

'Although the overwhelming majority of employers do the right thing, those who allow illegal workers to work in their businesses will face the consequences,' Minister Morrison said.

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