Melbourne migration agency raided

A Melbourne migration agency believed to have been making false promises of permanent residence has been raided by federal police.

The suspected unlawful agency is also believed to have provided migration assistance when it is not registered to do so.

The agency was swooped on in a joint immigration and Australian Federal Police operation, with investigators poring over the evidence on Friday.

Immigration Minister Scott Morrison says the raid sends a strong message to those looking to defraud migration programs and dupe innocent people.

‘My department takes allegations of migration fraud seriously and the department and the courts will act against those who attempt to engage in this behaviour,’ Mr Morrison said in a statement.

Under the law, Australian migration agents must be registered with the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority and outcomes of visa and migration applications cannot be guaranteed.

It is an offence for a person who is not a registered agent to provide migration assistance to another person.

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