“$40,000 spent on a fake marriage visa scam in a lure to settle in Australia.”
An Indian national accused of domestic violence and has been put into immigration detention by his wife soon after he arrived in Australia as her dependent.
Bridging Visa E refused by the court of law and considered “Unlawful Non-Citizen.”
Twenty-Eight Year old Indian National is in Immigration detention since August 2017 after his student visa, as a dependent of his wife, was canceled in March 2017. She accused him of domestic violence soon after they arrive in Australia. However, the charges were dropped last year due to the lack of evidence; Mr. Singh continues to languish in immigration.
Mr. Singh and his wife moved to Australia in October 2016. Nearly after a month, his wife called the police and claimed that he assaulted her. She further alleged that he kicked in her stomach, put his hand on her mouth to stop her from breathing and shoved an abortion pill into her mouth.
After this incident, very next day the court issued an intervention order for the safety of his wife. Since the relationship between both Mr. Singh and his wife, the primary applicant, has come to an end; based on these facts the court decided to cancel Mr. Singh’s visa. While canceling his Visa, the Department of Home Affairs quoted “It appears that the visa holder’s presence in Australia may be a risk to the safety of an individual, specifically his wife.”
Mr. Singh, on the other side, said, “This action should have been taken after proper investigation of the charges by the court of law. I was presumed guilty just based on allegations leveled by my wife, my visa was canceled and I was placed in detention without the due process of law. He claimed that all charges on him were false and the visa was canceled based on unconfirmed allegations”.
He further alleged that in spite of cancellation of charges he was still in the immigration detention centre in Melbourne on character grounds and when he discussed this thing several times with his immigration case officer, he said that the minister [Minister for Home Affairs] takes the decision to revoke section 501 which might take many months.
No doubt, last year in April the charges were discontinued by County Court of Victoria, but the final hearing and the trial were due for later in the year because of which Mr. Singh’s application for Bridging Visa E was refused based on the reasons that he is accused of domestic violence charges and declared him an “unlawful non-citizen”.
Sunny P Chandra, a migration agent stated that “Since the charges against Mr. Singh have been dropped, his circumstances have changed, he should be freed from the immigration detention centre, and the character clause that prevents him from applying for a bridging visa should now be dropped. But until he gets a bridging visa, he is an unlawful non-citizen so he will have to resolve his status first.”
However, claiming that it doesn’t comment on individual cases, the Department of Home Affairs declined to give any statement on Mr. Singh’s case.
Marriage for Australia Visa
Despite an arrange or love marriage Mr. Singh’s marriage was on a transactional basis that took place in January 2016 in which his wife was supposed to get him to Australia while all her expenses including college fee and rental charges, etc. were borne by his family. Both of them were aware of this contract marriage and his family also paid around $40,000 for her university fees and airfare, as per the contract, but he genuinely wants to stay with her.
Upon arrival in Australia, Mr. Singh observed that her behavior had changed and they both had altercations very often. Exactly after 24 days, she called the police and put allegations on him that he is assaulting her.
In response to above statements, Mr. Singh said, “ We did have an altercation but the allegations that I punched her in the stomach, placed a hand on her mouth so she couldn’t breathe and forced an abortion pill into her mouth are false. There was no evidence, therefore, the charges have discontinued now”.
Such types of brides are a tool for immigration to countries like Australia, New Zealand and Canada. Even the Punjabi newspapers are filled with such types of advertisements in which people look for brides who can pass the English language test to secure admission in courses in developed countries or sometimes use their English language test skills to bargain for financial assets from their partners and their families.
On this dowry abuse, Initiative for Women In Need (IWIN) complained that such marriages were leaving the dependent partner on Australian visa vulnerable to exploitation.
Dr. Madhumita Iyengar quoted, “Often the partners who could not find another way to get a PR would be vulnerable to exploitation or domestic violence, and likely to use dowry as a harsh stick to harm the other partner.”
Well, now Mr. Singh has realized from his mistake that it is not good at all to start a relationship like that just for the lure of coming to Australia. From his experience, he wants to warn everyone to migrate to Australia.