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Sue Oct 28th 2009 1:38 pm

PLEASE READ BEFORE POSTING! **Forum Usage Guidelines**
 
We are seeing an increasing amount of members registering with more than one username. Members are only allowed to register with one username. Any members found with more than one username will have all accounts disabled, and you will be permanently banned from this site.

Please familiarize yourself with rule 16 of our Site Rules.

Thank you.

Pollyana Jan 30th 2010 12:44 am

Forum Usage Guidelines - READ BEFORE POSTING!
 
The Australian Immigration, Visas & Citizenship forum is an "information exchange" for members to discuss and share their immigration experiences. Moving abroad is a serious, and sometimes complicated endeavour, and we ask that members, in addition to our site rules, adhere to the following guidelines in order that this section can remain an important and useful discussion resource:

1. Thread Topic - Use a descriptive title when posting a new thread. Titles such as "Help" or "Advice Needed" will get overlooked, and do not offer any hint as to your intended discussion. Try and give brief details of your topic. For example "Marrying Australian citizen" or "Looking for info on 457 visas" etc.
2. Search first, discuss later - Before posting a new thread it might be beneficial to use our search function prior to posting your topic. New members frequently ask the same questions over and over again, so by searching first you may find the issue has recently been discussed.
3. Thank you goes a long way - If someone has taken the time to discuss, and share their experiences with you then please be appreciative of that and thank them accordingly. This applies especially to the migration agents who give their time on the site for free.
4. Stay on topic - If you wish to participate in off-topic banter/chit-chat please do so in the other forums that are offered for that purpose on this site.
5. We don't walk in their shoes - If someone is offering to share their experiences please do not belittle them, or make personal comments, or judgments, about their situation. It is not helpful to anyone, and only detracts from the discussion at hand.
6. Be respectful - We ask that at all times you treat every member with respect and courtesy.
7. Timelines - No-one can accurately predict a timeline for any visa. Each application is different and will require different amounts of processing, and it is impossible to say at any point in the process how long an applicant will have to wait. Equally, all terms such as "Further Processing" "Further Checks" "Internal/external processing" "Additional processing" mean exactly what they say. DIAC is undertaking more work on that application, and the Region/Team to which your Case Officer belongs has absolutely NO bearing on the speed of processing.
8. Online Status Page. Please don't ask why the DIAC online status page has not been updated. First of all it's nothing to do with British Expats and secondly it's well known, documented and repeated constantly that some Case Officers at DIAC don't update the information. Therefore more often than not the page can state that information is required when the Visa has been granted.
9. Multiple Usernames - Members are only allowed to register with one username. Any members found with more than one username will have all accounts disabled, and you will be permanently banned from this site.
10. Asking questions by Private Message Please do not send private messages to Moderators asking for immigration advice. If you need information or advice on migation issues please post on the forum or engage a registered migration agent.
11. And finally - Any member not adhering to these guidelines will be asked to stop participating in the Australian Immigration, Visas & Citizenship section of this forum, and if you continue, may be asked to leave the site entirely.

Sue May 20th 2010 6:13 pm

Tolerance and Understanding
 
Please know that whilst we welcome people from all corners of the globe as members here, this site is primarily aimed at British expatriates, and those from Britain who are making the move abroad, therefore the sense of humour and culture reflects that. You need to carefully take that into account when posting here. What may seem rude or inappropriate in your country/culture may not be viewed the same by others.

In the same vein please take the time to say thank you to a member who has taken the time to help you, and understand that many long time members answer the same questions over and over again. So if they seem a little short occasionaliy it's because they get a little frustrated constantly sharing information and to not even receive a thank you for their time. Bottom line .... Please be a giver, not just a receiver :)

So in conclusion, take into consideration the title of this site when interacting here, and we will all have a happy posting experience :)

Thank you for reading.

Sue

moneypenny20 May 28th 2010 6:05 am

Re: Members are only allowed ONE username!!!
 
Also you should know and understand that a poster who has been banned, is expected to abide by that decision and not use someone else's username.

Pollyana Jul 1st 2010 8:41 pm

Copying of posts from other forums
 
Several people recently have started "lifting" posts from other internet forums, and then posting them on here.

Please don't do this.

BE is aware that many posters are members of other forums and this is not a problem as long as posters respect that these forums are completely separate entities, run independently.
BE does not expect other forums to allow copying and pasting of posts from here, and in return we ask that members of BE do not copy posts onto our pages.

The same applies to the posting of links to posts on other forums - if you wish to link to an official site, please use a direct link, not one that goes via another forum.

Thanks.

Pollyana Jul 9th 2010 4:14 am

The language of this forum is English
 
The language of use for this site is to be English only. Any "discussions" on this site should be in English, and any "discussions" comprising of a different language will be removed.

There is an increasing tendency to write in other languages. It has to stop- it is unhelpful to other posters and hampers the work of the Moderators and Admin. These posts will be removed and repeat offenders wil be banned.

Pollyana Aug 31st 2010 2:42 pm

Copying of posts to several threads.
 
Please do not copy your post into several different threads.

Several people recently have posted exactly the same on four or five threads. Its totally unnecessary and the only thing it achieves is the bumping of threads for no real reason. Particularly senseless is the posting of the same short messages on several of the monthly threads. If you wish to post something related to the movement of applications submitted within that month, thats fine, but please don't post just for the sake of it on several completely unrelated threads.

Finally, if you are asking a question it becomes very confusing and annoying for those trying to answer you, so please restrain yourselves and only post it in one place, that way the information and the answers stay together - more helpful for you, and for anyone coming after you with the same question.

Thanks :)

Pollyana Sep 23rd 2010 7:29 pm

Re: The language of this forum is English
 
It appears necessary to bring this post out again. Several posts have been reported and/or removed in the last couple of days for being in a variety of languages.

If you wish to communicate in something other than English please use the email or private message facilities. The language of the forums themselves is English, as per the rules.

Thanks.

Pollyana Oct 8th 2010 6:38 am

Visa Scams, Fake DIBP website and other fraudulent activity
 
Migration agents who operate in Australia must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA). If they operate without being registered they are breaking the law and a penalty of up to 10 years jail can apply. If you know someone who is providing migration advice and is not a registered migration agent, you should report them in writing using the department's feedback form.

People may give you false or misleading information in order to take advantage of your desire to visit or migrate to Australia. Becoming a victim of fraudulent activity could mean your:

* dreams of coming to Australia are shattered
* visa is cancelled and you are sent home
* identity is stolen
* life savings are lost
* computer is corrupted with viruses.


For more information visit the DIAC website.

Pollyana Dec 1st 2010 3:22 pm

This is NOT a timeline site
 
British Expats is not a timeline site.

There are several sites on the internet which exist in order that visa applicants from various countries can compare and contrast their individual timelines. This is not one of them.
The Aus Immigration Forum is here for people to ask questions and seek advice. We do offer the option for people to post their timelines in their signatures and/or extended signatures, but we ask that people should not start threads with the intention of getting people to fill them just with timeline information.

Bear in mind also that everyone's timeline is individual. Each person has a unique application and so will have a unique timeline.

Repeatedly posting to ask others for their individual details is achieving nothing as every application is unique.
In addition in some threads this is verging on breaching people's privacy and is making people unwilling to post at all as they are feeling pressured into revealing more information than they feel comfortable about.
Discussion of the process is one thing, constant niggling and speculating about whether someone's application may be moving faster than someone else's is another and is not wanted on here.

Thanks.

Pollyana Feb 4th 2011 5:17 am

A few hints on thread titles
 
The Immigration forum has a lot of contributors with a huge wealth of information to share, but most of them (us!) are very busy people and don't have time to read the threads that we know we aren't going to be able to answer. So when creating a thread its a good idea to use a title which gives a hint as to what kind of help you are looking for. Some examples are:

Confusion filling in Form 80

Co-habitation requirement - Spouse Visa

Info on 457 needed

Marrying an Aussie citizen

Medical checks on children?

Can anyone help with Work Experience requirements for PR?

PCC from the UK


Entitling a thread "Help" "Ädvice needed" "Urgent" "Please respond at once" or even (as spotted once) "Änswer my question NOW its life or death" really isn't very helpful to the responder as we have to open the thread in order to find out whether we can answer it. If we are busy we probably won't even bother so you will be overlooked. We are all answering questions for free and in our own time, so please, Help us to help you - give us a clue in the title!!!

If it really IS urgent - I suggest you phone an agent and be prepared to pay:)

Pollyana Aug 8th 2011 8:50 pm

Tolerance and Understanding
 
Please remember that this website was created as a support system for those of us living abroad and and those yet to make the move. This particular section is devoted to information based around obtaining visas for Australia, and thus should be comprised largely of factual and helpful posts.

Some of us have been here a fair while now and its easy to forget what a maze the immigration rules were when we first looked at them. Similarly after several years on the site there are very few questions that we look at and think "ooh that's a new one". Perhaps sometimes we all need to be reminded what is was like when we were starting out and hadn't even found the link for www.immi.gov.au All we wanted was some tolerance, understanding, and help :)

On the other side of the fence, newbies, you may think that your question is a fresh one, but it very rarely is, and sometimes when we've answered the same thing 6 times in a week and are having a bad day in real life we might come over as a bit short or even rude. Part of that comes from us being around here a while - sometimes we forget that newer posters aren't as accustomed to our individual mannerisms and may take things personally that aren't meant that way. :) At the same time, you may need to understand that some of the replies you get may not be what you want to hear - people post the facts in answer to questions, no point in flowering things up and raising people's hopes if the eventual answer is "No" - if anything the short answer is preferable as it leave people in no doubt that they need to look for another solution.

There are a few threads on here lately that have descended into discussions on rudeness, bullying etc. Lets try and all put a stop to accusations like that. BE is a friendly site, we welcome everyone and we want everyone to enjoy being a member. That's how the site will continue - the newbies of today are the long-term members of tomorrow :thumbup:

Thanks for reading.

Pollyana Aug 17th 2011 10:48 am

Reminder of the purpose of the Immigration forum
 
This section of British Expats is for Immigration, visa, passport & citizenship discussions for those living in, and migrating to, Australia.

If you want to discuss any other aspect of the move, or of life once you get here, please use the other forums:
The main Australia forum is for general lifestyle threads - shipping, flights, cost of living, the merits of various cities etc.

The Barbie is for general chat and discussion. There are also separate sub-forums for Meet-ups, weather and disasters in Australia, and for Updates on how life in Australia is working out for you.

Please try and post in the correct forum - it will help you to get better and quicker responses, and will save the Mods having to constantly move threads to the proper place :)

Sue Oct 30th 2012 12:35 am

UK Citizen Arrested in Sydney for Immigration Fraud
 
DIAC Austalia have recently released the following:

Immigration investigators are using the weekend arrest of a man allegedly involved in multiple instances of immigration fraud as a testament to the value of cross-agency cooperation. The UK man has been bailed to appear in the Downing Centre court in Sydney on Wednesday (October 31).

Read more here

TeeTMI Dec 5th 2012 5:48 am

DIAC phone scam warning - temp visa holders
 
Hi

Just a quick warning - from the news reprt it sounds as if it is mainly Indian temp visa holders that are being targeted at the moment.

http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/chan...s-in-australia

Re DIAC
"Students from overseas and subclass 457 visa holders in the information and communications technology industry are among those in the fraudsters’ sights."
re
"individuals impersonating departmental officers seeking payment to fix ‘visa irregularities’."

Tee

Pollyana Dec 7th 2012 6:02 am

BE is a Public Forum
 
There seems to be a trend at the moment where many posters think that because they started a thread they have the right to choose who can or can't post in it.

This isn't facebook, and you can't limit your posts to "friends only".

The Mods are getting rather tired of pointing out several times a day that this is a public forum, and that as long as posts remain within the rules any member may post on any thread. If you do not want people to comment, please don't post in the first place! Mods will not remove posts just because the OP does not want comment and/or discussion on the thread's subject matter.

Thanks.

TeeTMI Feb 3rd 2013 9:02 pm

Scam warning for student visa holders in Australia
 
From DIACs newsroom

Scam warning for student visa holders in Australia
01-02-2013 -

The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) today warned international students to be aware of individuals impersonating departmental officers seeking payment for alleged breaches of their visa conditions.

The scammers are targeting overseas students in Australia who have limited working rights as part of their visa conditions.

Some students, the department has been told, have received “fine notices” demanding payment of thousands of dollars for unlawfully working above 40 hours a fortnight.

A departmental spokesman said it was a well-organised ruse to con visa holders into transferring a purported “penalty payment” offshore, when none is needed.

“The department has received information from a number of students who have been contacted by people claiming to be from immigration-related agencies,” the spokesman said.

“Con artists claiming to be from DIAC tell their targets that their visa working conditions have been breached, advising that a fine has been issued and must be paid in full.

“Anyone contacted by people seeking such payments should refuse to pay, and should report the incident to police”, the spokesman added.

All such incidents also should be reported to the relevant state or territory police and to the Immigration Dob-In Line on 1800 009 623.

George Lombard Oct 29th 2013 4:28 am

Minister's Warning about Visa Scam
 
Warning about dodgy migration agents
Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Visa applicants have been warned again to avoid unscrupulous migration agencies targeting people interested in migrating to Australia, Assistant Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Senator the Hon Michaelia Cash said today.

The repeated warning follows complaints to have recently resurfaced about AUSFIS, an offshore web-based migration agency. The agency is alleged to have induced individuals to pay for visa applications that were never lodged.

Senator Cash said the website invites people to register their interest by submitting an online web-form with their contact details.

'Once registered, applicants are contacted by phone or email and are asked to pay a fee ranging from $300 to $3000 via credit card in return for an ‘Immigration Package to Australia',' Senator Cash said.

'However, several users of AUSFIS's services have alleged that, once payment has been made, they either hear nothing further, or receive an email advising they are ineligible to apply for a visa.'

Where people have paid money by credit card to AUSFIS, or any other migration agency for a service they did not ultimately receive, they can contact their credit card provider and lodge a ‘disputed payment' grievance with them. The credit card provider may be able to retrieve all or part of the money paid.

'AUSFIS has no influence on visa decision-making and does not represent the Australian government,' Senator Cash said. 'The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has no record of visa applications lodged by AUSFIS and the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (MARA) does not list any registered migration agents connected with AUSFIS,' Senator Cash added.


http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/medi...3/mc209139.htm

Alan Collett Oct 29th 2013 7:02 am

Re: Minister's Warning about Visa Scam
 
I seem to remember someone from that company on this very forum trying to defend their methods ....

Best regards.

Alan Collett Oct 29th 2013 7:03 am

Re: Minister's Warning about Visa Scam
 
http://britishexpats.com/forum/showt...ghlight=ausfis

In fact, here's a thread from over 3 years ago ...

mrsgreenstar76 Oct 29th 2013 11:35 am

Re: Minister's Warning about Visa Scam
 
Thanks for the heads up. I've stuck the thread up the top so people can see it.

TeeTMI Nov 22nd 2013 6:50 am

Warning re fake DIBP website
 
Just issued by DIBP


Warning to avoid unauthorised departmental website

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection has warned web users to be aware of an unauthorised website posing as an official departmental site.

The website, www. immigovau. co, mimics the departmental website in appearance and layout, particularly when using certain browsers.

A departmental spokesman said it was a well-camouflaged fake which should be avoided and that all Australian Government websites end with the country code gov.au.

“While there is no evidence that the department’s own web presence has been compromised, we advise web users who are looking for information on the department to make sure they visit the department’s official site at www.immi.gov.au,” the spokesman said.

“This issue is not unique to our department and is a common issue for companies and organisations which use websites to communicate information to their clients.”

DIBP said web users should ensure they had the www.immi.gov.au address in their browser when they were looking for information on the department to avoid this unauthorised website.

Londonertogooz Feb 11th 2014 10:53 am

Re: Visa Scams, Fake DIBP website and other fraudulent activity
 
i need to share this!!
we replied to an honest (?!?!) job advertisement in gumtree sydney for a sponsored 457 job... here is what the crook replied to us!!!!
The MCL International Investment Pty Ltd service information of oversea / interstates candidate:

The Client shall pay the Company AUD$45,000 (Australian Dollars Forty Five Thousand) for its services in manner as follows:

1) $5000_____________________ upon signing on this agreement (unlimited job search, unlimited job interview within 60days, refundable after 60days if do not settle down with a job)

2) $15,000_____________________ upon obtaining upon getting employment contract, lodgment submission of 457 or ENS or RSMS (included all government costs, lawyer costs and court costs)

3) $15,000___________________ upon receipt of approval for 457 Visa, Nomination approval (for ENS) or RCB Approval (for RSMS) – offer bank loan service

4) $10,000 upon receipt of approval letter for PR for RSMS or ENS PR or similar. – offer bank loan service

Any further information please leave your Skype Account, our HR consultant will contact you. Or call 0424331523 Wing.

Thanks
Wing Wu

Kind Regards,
MCL INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT PTY LTD
0449 569 176

George Lombard Feb 11th 2014 4:57 pm

Re: Visa Scams, Fake DIBP website and other fraudulent activity
 

Originally Posted by Londonertogooz (Post 11123717)
i need to share this!!
we replied to an honest (?!?!) job advertisement in gumtree sydney for a sponsored 457 job... here is what the crook replied to us!!!!
The MCL International Investment Pty Ltd service information of oversea / interstates candidate:

The Client shall pay the Company AUD$45,000 (Australian Dollars Forty Five Thousand) for its services in manner as follows:

1) $5000_____________________ upon signing on this agreement (unlimited job search, unlimited job interview within 60days, refundable after 60days if do not settle down with a job)

2) $15,000_____________________ upon obtaining upon getting employment contract, lodgment submission of 457 or ENS or RSMS (included all government costs, lawyer costs and court costs)

3) $15,000___________________ upon receipt of approval for 457 Visa, Nomination approval (for ENS) or RCB Approval (for RSMS) – offer bank loan service

4) $10,000 upon receipt of approval letter for PR for RSMS or ENS PR or similar. – offer bank loan service

Any further information please leave your Skype Account, our HR consultant will contact you. Or call 0424331523 Wing.

Thanks
Wing Wu

Kind Regards,
MCL INTERNATIONAL INVESTMENT PTY LTD
0449 569 176

This could be raised with the Migration Institute of Australia or the Department of Immigration. Not clear if they're recruitment consultants but if existing 457 sponsors or purported migration agents then DIBP could do something.

Cheers,

George Lombard

old.sparkles Apr 7th 2014 1:04 pm

Do Not Send PM's Asking Private Immigration Questions
 
Below is a duplicate of a 'Sticky thread' Rete posted in the USA Marriage Based Visas forum.


"It hasn't been posted in a while and I thought I would just give a shout that the moderators on the forum will not respond with answers to PM's asking for immigration assistance/advice/experience.

Please remember we are only laypeople and the information we respond with is information that we have either experienced ourselves or have gleamed through the postings of others and through reading various immigration information posted by professionals.

It is by only posting on an open forum that any incorrect information given be corrected. It is a safeguard in place to help you.

The forum's success depends on the postings of all its members and all of their experiences, big and small. It is hoped that you will avail yourselves of the wiki which is comprised of articles written by other members and by past threads dealing with some of the common questions.

It is further hoped that you will hang around and contribute your experiences so that others can learn from you as well.

Thanks for understanding."

Pollyana Apr 25th 2014 6:39 pm

Re: Visa Scams, Fake DIBP website and other fraudulent activity
 

Originally Posted by George Lombard (Post 11124515)
This could be raised with the Migration Institute of Australia or the Department of Immigration. Not clear if they're recruitment consultants but if existing 457 sponsors or purported migration agents then DIBP could do something.

Cheers,

George Lombard

http://www.minister.immi.gov.au/medi...4/mc213691.htm

Sydney migration agent jailed for fraud
Wednesday, 23 April 2014

The Federal Government said that the jailing of a former migration agent for immigration fraud sent a strong message to the industry that fraudulent and illegal behaviour will not be tolerated.

Ms Xiao Ying Wu (known as Amy Wu), was based in Sydney's Chinatown and pleaded guilty to forging immigration documents and defrauding her clients, who were seeking assistance with visa applications, in order to obtain more than $80 000.

She was sentenced today in the Downing Centre District Court to 21 months' imprisonment, with five months to be served, in relation to two Commonwealth charges of using false documents to obtain benefits.

She also received 18 months' imprisonment with five months' minimum term (to be served concurrently) for two charges under the NSW Crimes Act of dishonestly obtaining a financial advantage.


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