An Indian citizen has been denied Australian Permanent Residency visa after immigration authorities received a tip-off that the applicant had not lived in the regional area.
Mr. Singh (name changed on request) arrived Australia in 2007 on a student visa and in 2012 was granted a 487 visa that provides a pathway to permanent residency after living in a Specified regional area for at least two years and working at least for one year full time. He has applied for subclass visa 887 in 2015 but at that time he was denied permanent residency by then titled Minister for Immigration and Border Protection stating they were not satisfied Mr. Singh had lived at two addresses in Wodonga during February 2013 to 2015 as he had claimed.
Mr. Singh had provided immigration authorities with relevant documentary evidence that included utility bills, mobile phone bills, taxation records, employment records, rent agreement and bank statements spanning two years across two properties he claimed to have lived at. However an anonymous informant told the department that Mr. Singh was living and working illegally in Melbourne. The department got to know that Mr. Singh was not working for the nominating employer and in fact had bribed the employer in exchange for not notifying the immigration officials.
The department also learned Mr. Singh had taken in the regional area but was living in Melbourne and worked night shifts as a security guard for cash. His friend who claimed to have lived with him did the same thing and was deported by immigration.
Mr. Singh took the matter to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) of Australia which further found discrepancies in the payslips and bank records and late payments. The tribunal also heard Mr. Singh friend who was deported to India.
The tribunal found licensing records held by Victorian Police that demonstrated Mr. Singh had applied to license as a security guard in 2008, 2011, and 2012 and again in 2015 where the registered address was in Melbourne and the employer was an entity based in Melbourne.
The Federal Circuit Court of Australia accepted Mr. Singh’s argument and observed the Tribunal had not arrived at its decision independently of the anonymous information. However, the matter didn’t end here because The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection appealed this decision and it was allowed on Tuesday where the court found out that the anonymous information was accurate.
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