Investigation into possible PNG visa racket

Investigation into possible PNG visa racket

Investigation into possible PNG visa racket

Updated 19 December 2011, 15:14 AEDT

An investigation is underway in Papua New Guinea into a possible visa racket that links senior immigration officials to immigrants trying to get to Australia illegally.

Our PNG correspondent, Steve Marshall, reports Papua New Guinea Intelligence officers say they are supposed to screen people entering PNG from 'high risk' countries like Pakistan, China and the Middle East.

However, officers are concerned about the number of people they have picked up who have not been properly vetted.

An intelligence insider has told the ABC immigrants are paying agents who in turn bribe immigration officials to secure visas.

He said immigrants are paying more than $5,000 for a PNG visa in the hope of eventually reaching Australia.

The Australian Federal Police is increasing its presence in Papua New Guinea but would not discuss operational matters.