An Indian man lost his Australian citizenship after the Immigration Dept. discovered that he has committed identity fraud in 2003.
38-year-old Mr Singh first came to Australia in 1997 as a foreign student. At 19, he married an Australia-born woman. He went on to apply for a Spouse Visa after his marriage. However, the marriage did not last long and they divorced in 2002.
In February 2002, Mr Singh went to India for his second marriage. He got married to an Australian national of Indian origin.
Mr Singh claims that his then Migration Agent told him that he would face problems going back to Australia due to his first divorce. He claims his Migration Agent asked him to obtain a new identity. Thus he committed identity fraud to get a new Indian passport. He used the same to obtain a Partner Visa and later the Australian citizenship in 2007.
The Dept. of Home Affairs, however, disputed his claims. The Dept. said that his divorce certificate was issued after he had left Australia. Mr Singh, hence, was not certain if his divorce had been finalized and hence embarked on his new plan.
Mr Singh got a new Indian passport under a new name and date of birth. He applied for a Partner Visa using the same and subsequently became an Australian PR in 2005. He also obtained Australian citizenship in 2007.
Mr Singh’s identity fraud was discovered after he applied as a sponsor for his father’s visa in 2009. The Dept. of Home Affairs conducted a forensic analysis which detected the fraud.
Mr Singh has been charged under the Migration and Citizenship Act with multiple offences. He was found guilty and charged with 500 hours of community service, as per SBS News.
Peter Dutton, Minister of Home Affairs, also decided to cancel his citizenship after the discovery of the fraud.
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