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An investigative report in the Australian media has talked about how Indians fall into the trap of paying big sums of money to get ‘fake skilled and student visas’ in the hope of achieving permanent residency in that country.
Jasvinder Sidhu, a lecturer at the RMIT university in Melbourne, told ABC news that he knew of at least 40 Indians, who got fake visas, and then got exploited, often even getting ‘raped by their bosses.’
A man, who fixes such visas for foreigners, was caught on tape saying that he could get the whole thing done for $50,000.
Sidhu told ABC news that he was approached by the fixer and requested to take part in the scam in exchange for money.
“He said, very confidently, ‘in any industry we can get sponsorship’. And he even offered me money. For every case I think it was $5,000 he was offering,” Sidhu is quoted saying by the media house.
“I’ve been hearing about it for the last eight or nine years, and the last time I heard it was last week, when someone paid $45,000 cash. These people will create your fake time sheets, fake pay sheets, and fake superannuation. Everything is fake,” Sidhu added.
The investigation also talks about the larger issue of corruption in the country’s immigration programs.