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Registration of former Sydney based migration agent cancelled

A former Sydney based migration agent, Jingyi Wang, has been formally de-registered following claims of fraudulent documentation associated with his clients’ visa applications.

Investigations of two complaints affecting 12 clients by the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority (Office of the MARA) lead to the cancellation of Mr Wang’s agent’s registration.

The Office of the MARA found he had failed to act in accordance with his clients’ instructions by lodging applications to a skills assessing body without their knowledge, consent or authority.

Investigators were satisfied the agent’s conduct was designed to enable international students to obtain positive skills assessments based on fraudulent information, to then apply for permanent residency visas under the Department of Immigration and Citizenship’s skilled visa program.

“In Australia, only people who are registered as migration agents with the Office of the MARA can give immigration assistance and charge a fee or reward for doing so,” a DIAC spokesman said today.

 

“Registered migration agents are bound by a code of conduct and are required to provide immigration assistance services in accordance with the professional standards as set out in the code.”

Currently there are more than 4800 registered migration agents in Australia and overseas who can provide immigration assistance.

Consumers wishing to find out whether an individual is registered as a migration agent can do so by visiting the Office of the MARA’s website at www.mara.gov.au.

In addition, consumers should obtain a contract or a statement of services and fees from their agent, and ensure that they are provided with a receipt for their payments.

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