If you have dreams of moving to and working in Australia, always make sure that you use legal channels to make your dreams a reality. Otherwise, it could get you in deep trouble.
A construction company in Australia has been raided by local authorities after being suspected of committing visa fraud involving Irish people. According to reports, Murphy Pipe and Civil (MPC) is under investigation for misleading the Immigrations Department to help Irish nationals obtain skills-based 457 visas and other types of Australian visas.
It was reported that the Irish nationals have worked on multibillion-dollar developments, such as the Curtis liquefied natural gas project in Queensland and an iron ore project in Western Australia, despite not being qualified or failing to fulfil the requirements of the type of visa they possess.
Among the alleged examples of migration fraud is MPC’s role in sponsoring an Irish woman to enable her to get a permanent residency in Australia despite the fact the she was no longer working for the company. The company also allegedly helped an Irish man obtain a 457 visa as a “project administrator” when in fact the man in question was initially working as a labourer. It was reported that the Irish man submitted a handwritten CV, which was then rewritten and typed up.
A whistleblower at MPC identified numerous “unskilled workers (labourers and machine operators) holding 457 visas that classed them as project co-ordinators and contract administrators.”
Aside from helping unskilled workers secure 457 visas, the company is also under investigation over allegations that dozens of foreign workers employed by MPC may have lied about their education or career history to get a skilled migration visa.
MPC has earlier denied the allegations, saying that it would never intentionally do anything to violate the immigration act. But if proven guilty, MPC may face civil or criminal sanctions. The company may also be prohibited from hiring foreign workers in the future.
Meanwhile, Roman Quadvlieg, chief of the Australian Customs and Border Protection Service, has recently announced that the Australian government is creating a new investigations division to target “entities seeking to commit visa fraud here in Australia.” The announcement came amidst criticisms that the government is not doing its best when it comes to investigating claims of visa fraud.
Quadvlieg said the new division “will allow a stronger focus and approach to border crime, whether that crime is related to attempts to circumvent physical border controls or to rort our visa system.”