Indian nationals who seek to reside permanently in Australia have been cautioned against contrived marriages scam by the Australian government. This warning is a sequel to the shut down of a contrived marriages syndicate by the Australian Border Force (ABF). A 32-year-old Indian national has been alleged to be the facilitator of the syndicate operating outside of Sydney.
In similar cases, four Australian citizens are also facing charges connected to making individuals fraudulently marry non-citizens looking to get permanent residency according to a release by the Australian High Commission – they tagged the release ‘warning about fake marriage scams’. The release revealed that 164 foreign nationals’ application for a partner visa was refused as a result of suspected association with the syndicate in operation against contrived marriages by ABF.
The High Commission noted that contrived marriages are associated to many nationalities, but this particular syndicate was linked with illegal facilitation of fake marriages with South Asian Community’s non-citizens. This did not come as a surprise because Australia happens to be one of the most popular places for Indians seeking greener pastures.
They said such marriage scams target susceptible young Australian women. Majority of these women are from underprivileged and low socio-economic backgrounds. Clinton Sims, Acting Investigations Commander for ABF, said the actions of these syndicates compromise Australia’s visa integrity as well as take advantage of desperate people. He said many of the women they lure with the promise of huge pay have been through several cases of abuse, family violence and are in financial crisis.
Sims said ABF has an operational priority of protecting the integrity of Australia’s visa system
, hence whoever is caught facilitating face marriages would be duly investigated and thereafter face criminal prosecution. Registered agents linked to such acts will lose their license.
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