The Australian High Commission  urged Indians to be cautious of scams while applying for visas and report any fraud to the authorities. A high commission statement said it had launched a national campaign “Work visa scams. Don’t pay the price” to investigate allegations of unauthorised payments to visa sponsors in return for visas last month. Also Read - West Bengal MBBS Seats Increased to 4,000: CM Mamata Banerjee

“Visa fraud is a serious issue and any attempts to defraud Australia’s migration programmes by a visa holder or sponsor will be dealt with by appropriate action from the department of immigration and border protection,” the statement said. Also Read - Will Convert All State-Run Madrasas Into a General School: Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma

The campaign involved an initial assessment of up to 100 visa sponsors who are subject to allegations of receiving payment for arranging sponsorship for individuals under the 457 visa programme. Also Read - Anything For Education: Goa Students Trek 3km Everyday to Reach Hilltop to Access Internet For Online Classes

This visa allows a skilled worker to travel to Australia to work in his nominated occupation for approved sponsor for up to four years.

The campaign also has a public education component to further educate visa sponsors about their obligations and make visa holders more aware of their rights and responsibilities.