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Beware of Visa Scams - Migration Fraud

Beware of Visa Scams

Visa and relationship scams target people of all backgrounds, ages and income levels. The department of Home Affairs (HA) provides detailed information including warning signs, tips on how to protect yourself and information on how to report incidents. For further information please see the department's Visa Scams page on the website.

Migration Fraud in Visa Applications - Don't risk it!

All applicants for visas should be aware that if your application includes false or fraudulently obtained documents, or information that is false or misleading, your application may be refused. This includes information given by you, a member of your family, or another person acting on your behalf (such as a travel agent). If we detect fraud in a visa application, the applicant and their family members may be barred from entering Australia for three years, which would include being considered for other visa types.

This applies to both temporary visas (such as Visitors and Students), and permanent visas (such as Partner, Child and Other Family visas). It also applies where an applicant has used a third party (such as a travel agent) to lodge the application on their behalf and that agent provided false and misleading information regardless of whether the applicant was aware of the fraud or not.

Report it!

If you would like to provide information to the department about an instance of fraud, criminal conduct or illegal activities you can email the department using the department's reporting tool . We take all reports of suspicious activity seriously and you can choose to remain anonymous.