In September this year we published a blog post titled – Proposed Legislation Outlaws Payment for Visas. This blog post discussed proposed legislation that was introduced to the House of Representatives for the purpose of introducing fines and imprisonment for employers who accept payment from employees to achieve a migration outcome.
We can confirm that the Migration Amendment (Charging for a Migration Outcome) Bill 2015 has received Royal Assent and is now in place.
The new Act will amend the Migration Act 1958 to establish a criminal and civil penalty regime to make it unlawful for a person to give or receive a benefit in return for a migration outcome in relation to certain skilled work visa programs. It also enables visa cancellation to be considered where the visa holder has engaged in such conduct.
Fines and civil penalties can include a maximum of 2 years imprisonment and fines up to $64,000 for an individual person or up to $324,000 for a body corporate.
For more information on the new Amendment Act please visit – https://www.comlaw.gov.au/Details/C2015B00155/Download
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