Penalties for Work Visa Scammers Launched


Employers or sponsors found to charge their potential employees fees in exchange for visa sponsorship will now be penalised.

Effective 14th of December 2015, this conduct has been considered as a criminal act and will attract penalties ranging from paying a fine of $43,200 or two years’ imprisonment for individuals or paying a fine of $324,000 for body corporates. Visa cancellation can be considered for persons who have been involved in \’paying for visa sponsorship\’ conduct.

Affected visas are as follow:

  • Temporary (Long Stay Activity) (subclass 401) visa
  • Training and Research (subclass 402) visa (Research stream)
  • Temporary Work (Entertainment) (subclass 420) visa
  • Temporary Work (Skilled) (subclass 457) visa
  • Superyacht Crew (subclass 488) visa
  • Employer Nomination Scheme (subclass 186) visa
  • Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme (subclass 187) visa

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