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The latest Australian visa scam uses fraudulent migration agents wrongly advertising work and holiday visas to trick people and steal their money.

To avoid being scammed, the Australian government reminds visa applicants to work with the Registered Migration Agent (RMA). They should “check the Register of Migration Agents, published on the OMARA website, to receive the protections of an OMARA Registered Migration Agent”.

Mr Jason Wood, Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs (which also includes the Office of the MARA) has made the following statement over the weekend “there are Australian Registered Migration Agents working all around the world in countries such as India, the United Kingdom, China and New Zealand, just to name a few. These agents are subject to the same Code of Conduct, professional development and regulations as Registered Migration Agents based in Australia.”

More information about Australia’s efforts to ensure the integrity of the migration advice profession is available at: www.mara.gov.au.

To find out why you should use an RMA, read more here