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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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Non-Contributory Parent & other Family visas reinstated

Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Australian Senate has today voted to disallow the repeal of certain Family Visa classes. This means that it is now possible to lodge applications for the non-contributory Parent, Aged Parent, Remaining Relative, Aged Dependent Relative, and Carer visa subclasses. These visas will be available again for a very limited time (potentially up to 6 months from now), so if you are considering making an application it is highly recommended that it is lodged as soon as possible. 

Applications can be lodged from today onwards, though there may be a slight delay in acknowledgements and processing while the Department of Immigration’s system and information is updated.

The Department of Immigration advises that the queue wait for non-contributory Parent and Aged Parent visas is currently 25 years. Processing times for the Carer visas are advised as 4.5 years, and Remaining Relative and Aged Dependent Relative visas are considerably higher – some reports place these at 50+ years.

AMVL Migrations has a dedicated Family Residence team able to assist with applications for these family visas, so please

contact us if you have any queries.

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Australia attracted 190,000 new migrants in the past financial year

Monday, September 15, 2014

The Australian Government has announced that it has achieved its target of attracting 190,000 new migrants in the past financial year. In making the announcement, Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, the Hon Scott Morrison shared a break-down of the types of visas that were distributed throughout the programme.

The majority of the 128,550 permanent migration visas granted were within the skilled stream which hugely benefits Australian industry as it helps to fill skill shortages in the Australian economy. " In 2013-14, occupational professionals accounted for more than 64 per cent of visas granted in the skill stream, followed by technicians and trades workers with 22 per cent and managers with 9 per cent of skilled stream visa grants. These results are a major boost for the Australian economy," Mr Morrison said.

Further statistics include;

Skilled Migration Visas (Occupations)

  • Occupational Professionals: 63%
  • Technicians & Trades Workers: 22%
  • Managers: 9%
Skilled Migration Visas (Categories)
  • Employer Sponsored: 47,450
  • Business Innovation & Investment: 6,160
  • State/Territory Nominated: 24,656
Family Visas (Categories)
  • Partner: 47,752
  • Child: 3,850
  • Contributory Parent: 6,675
  • Parent: 2,250
  • Other: 585
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