18 March 2009
Australian visa holders illegally working in meatworks to be deported
Eighty-four Chinese people who have outstayed their Australian visas to work in meatworks on the east coast of Australia will soon be deported, reports the ABC News.
It is reported that the majority of those currently held in detention entered Australia on the Australian working holiday visa, the Australian holiday visa and the Australian student visa. Many were breaching the conditions of their Australian working visas or had stayed in the country unlawfully.
The Australia working holiday visa allows nationals from certain countries who are aged between 18 and 30 years to work and holiday in Australia for 12 months, with the condition being that you do not work for any one employer for longer than six months. The Australian holiday visas stipulate that holders cannot work in Australia at all, while the Australian student visa has restrictions on the hours worked per week, once they have completed their studies (20 hours), provided they apply for work rights.
Australian immigration authorities uncovered the illegal workers scheme after a tip-off that a labour hire firm organised the racket for meatworks in Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with emigrating to Australia.