Warning regarding Australian visa scams operating in Malaysia
The Australian Government manages a range of visitor and migration programs, including for international tourists, business visitors and family migration. Australia and Malaysia enjoy close people-to-people linkages, which are facilitated through these programs.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) warns people to be very cautious regarding claims that Australian visas are allegedly for sale. These claims are not true. Australian visas are not for sale. Visas can only be obtained through official channels.
We are also aware of facilitators in Malaysia organising visas and flights to Australia for people who intend to work illegally on their Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) visa. This is a scam attempting to intentionally mislead people, often for money or other personal gain. An ETA does not permit you to undertake paid work (such as fruit picking) in Australia. Don't be fooled by these scams. If you work in Australia in breach of your visa conditions, you may be detained and removed, and subject to the 3 year exclusion period. It is your responsibility to know what your visa allows you to do while in Australia.
We advise the public in Malaysia to ensure they are dealing through reputable channels when seeking Australian visas. If you are aware of, or suspect, a scam in relation to Australian visas, please inform the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on proper processes and reputable channels to obtain Australian visas in Malaysia are set out in:
- the website of our service delivery partner, VFS Global, who operate the Australian Visa Application Centre in Kuala Lumpur; and
- the department's website.
More information on migration fraud, and how to protect yourself from it, is available here.
Fake Department of Immigration and Border Protection website
We are aware of a fake DIBP website. Please ensure you use our official website (http://www.border.gov.au) to find information about visas and citizenship products, and lodge applications.
It is your responsibility to maintain your safety and personal information online. You can report instances of alleged fraud on our website at: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/migration-fraud-and-scams
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