Pop singer Melanie Brown has been investigated for possible breaches of her Australian visa work restrictions.
17 October 2011
Spice Girl has scary run-in with immigration authorities over Australia visa
Australian immigration officials have conducted an investigation into the work visa status of British popstar Mel B that could have seen the artist deported to the UK.
The recording artist - also known as Scary Spice - resides in Australia on an Entertainment Visa (subclass 420) sponsored by the Seven Network for her role as a judge on the Australian version of the reality TV program the X Factor.
However, Brown has also reportedly signed a $250,000 deal with weight-loss company Jenny Craig to act as an ambassador in Australia.
Under the conditions of the 420 Entertainment Visa, additional sponsorship must be gained for any work provided for a different employer.
Australian immigration authorities have declined to comment on the case but a spokesperson for Brown confirmed the investigation, adding that the matter was "now fully resolved".
Australian Visa Bureau is an independent immigration consultancy that specialises in helping people lodge applications with the Australian High Commission.