There is regular news in the press and also being published by migration agent representative bodies that is sending out a clear warning to the international public who are considering migrating to Australia to live and work – BEWARE OF POORLY QUALIFIED OR UNETHICAL MIGRATION AGENTS.
We publish below two recent statements about this, one of them published in the daily paper and the other by the Migration Agents’ Authority, a national body representing migration agents.
We publish these articles to emphasize the importance of dealing with reputable and highly qualified immigration experts like at Australian Visa Experts.
Here they are -
THE MEDIA REPORT
Thousands of Indians are being enrolled in “dodgy” courses in Australia, while others are paying up to $20,000 for a good result in the International English Language Test System exam, an investigation into the overseas student industry has found.
Following a recent spate of attacks on Indian students in Australia, The Australian reports the nation’s $14-billion international education sector has turned into a recognised immigration racket.
Last week, police arrested three people in Punjab, the main feeder community for Indian students in Australia, for impersonation and forgery after they were caught sitting the IELTS exam for aspiring foreign students.
Other scams have involved operators across the Punjab arranging “contract marriages” for aspiring migrants to partners who have passed the mandatory English test for a student visa.
For an additional fee, agents have arranged bank documents and loans to satisfy Australian immigration law that demands students have the means to support themselves for the duration of their course, the newspaper says.
There are 500,000 international students living in Australia. Of these, 20 per cent are Indian.
Universities on average rely on international students for 15 per cent of their revenue.
FROM MIGRATION AGENTS AUTHORITY
Migration profession’s opportunity for change: Report released
30 June 2009 —
Even though they assist thousands of potential Australians to live and work here, migration agents have been slammed as poorly trained and shonky. But Registered Migration Agents are standing up for the profession, determined to raise standards and strengthen ethics.
The Migration Institute of Australia commissioned an independent researcher, Randall Pearce of Think: Insight & Advice, to undertake a study of stakeholders’ perceptions of the Australian migration advice profession. This report, entitled Changing Together, is released today.
Stakeholders who deal with Registered Migration Agents were interviewed for the study. They included university educators, skills assessment authorities, migrant resource centres, refugee advocates, parliamentarians, courts and tribunals, departmental officials and media.
Many respondents were quick to point out that most agents regularly perform to a high standard; unfortunately, a troublesome minority make a disproportionately negative impact on the image of all Australian migration agents.
The findings have been compiled along with proposals for reform put forward by the migration advice profession in response to the research. Opportunities for change include:
Comprehensive reform to the education and training of agents
Requiring current Registered Migration Agents to requalify to a higher standard of English language and professional competence
Introduce a tiered system of registration to protect consumers
Formation of an independent complaints body with the power to review fees
Responsibility for bringing about change should be shared by all stakeholders, including the Department of Immigration and Citizenship in their new role managing the profession’s regulation authority, the Office of the MARA.
As the professional association, the Migration Institute of Australia knows that agents have taken ownership of the issues. The next step is to develop co-operative strategies with other stakeholders to implement the action plans from the report.
Hard copies of the report are available free by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org or calling us on +61 2 9279 3140
A series of meetings with MIA members will be held around Australia to discuss the report and gather feedback.
Changing Together: Perceptions and proposals for reform from stakeholders in the migration advice community