Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) July 30, 2009 -- Working as an ABC undercover journalist for the Australian television program, Four Corners, a young Indian female not only received threats during the making of the program, but was attacked and bashed. The program is set to reveal the fraudulent education and migration scams, designed to ensnare foreign students wanting to study in Australia.
The female met with two separate immigration agents, as she posed as a prospective student. The agents both told her she could get hold of a fake work certificate, as well as receive a pass in an English Language Test, without any skills, for around $5000.
Four Corners set out to show that Indian students are being abused by phony colleges and unscrupulous education and immigration agents. Students pay up to $20,000 for a pass in an International English Language Test System exam. For an extra fee, the agents will provide bogus bank documents and loans, which meet the requirements of the Australian immigration department.
It is understood that the $15.5 billion international education arm is little more than a warped immigration scam, complete with forged English language exam results and counterfeit courses, as well as phony marriages.
On average, universities depend on international students for at least 15% of their annual revenue. With around 500,000 international students living in Australia, approximately 70,000 are Indians. Many students enroll in courses simply to be eligible to apply for permanent residency in Australia.
The local police placed three men under arrest in the Indian city of Ludhiana, Punjab, the main area for Indian students desiring to study in Australia. The men were charged with impersonation and forgery. They were nabbed sitting an IELTS exam for prospective foreign students. Other immigration agents prepare âcontract marriagesâ, so students who have passed the mandatory English test will have partners with study visas.
Her son has no pilotâs license and the family is broke says Pushpinder Kaur. The family spent $40,000 on a course in a flying school in Sydney, Aerospace Aviation for Prabmeet Singh. Pushpinder said "It is a fraud. The Government should be more alert in these type of matters because it is the career of the children which is at stake."
Kumar Khatri enrolled in a Sydney cooking school, Austech. âI do not believe the college even has a kitchen.â Khatri is from Nepal, âI have been aware of a black market in dodgy documents for years.â Karl Konrad, an education and immigration agent based in Sydney says. Konrad talked to the Immigration Department. They said they would pass the information onto the Trades Recognition Australia, but nothing appeared to come of it.
51 foreign students have died Australia in 2008. 34 deaths were from unknown causes, 15 from accidents and three from illness. Many of the deceased were Indians, whose families had sold land and taken on huge loans, trusting their child's success would pay the loans off.
Numerous students have been forced to work long hours without a break, for free, in lieu of fees, with the demand outstripping the supply. Students who are trapped in economic slavery.
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