Paying your way through your 457 visa may land you in hot water
Have you ever been tempted to pay an employer to sponsor you? Perhaps you’ve been solicited by employers looking to gain an advantage by paying you less in exchange for sponsorship? The Australian Government has you in their sights!
New legislation before the government will make it a criminal offence to benefit from offering a migration outcome for a 457 visa. The new crackdown on behaviour labelled as ‘payment for visas’ activity means that giving or accepting personal benefits to help your visa succeed will land both the sponsor and the visa applicant in trouble. Payments, discounts, services, property, or even gifts that influence your visa outcome can all add up to a maximum of a two year imprisonment sentence, a $64,800 fine or more.
Don’t be tempted to accept offers from dodgy employers – a genuine 457 application is a path to permanent residency in Australia. Don’t risk exploitation, cancellation, criminal charges, or worse. Call The Migration Place today and speak to our experienced migration lawyers on (07) 3229 4025.