The Indian Citizen is challenging the decision to cancel his Australian Visitor Visa while he was on his way to Melbourne over the month after the visa was granted. The 25 year old Daivik Jitendra Patel was refused permission to board a connecting flight to Melbourne over a month after he was issued a visitor visa. He boarded Air India’s Ahmadabad-Delhi-Melbourne flight on 18th January. At his layover in New Delhi when he was waiting for the security check at the Delhi Airport he was removed from the queue and told he couldn’t continue his journey.
Mr. Patel told SBS Punjabi that his name was announced at Delhi Airport and he was removed from the queue just when he was getting ready to board the plane again. Officials at the Delhi Airport told him nothing other than they had a received a message a message from the Australian authorities not to allow him to board the flight.
Mr. Patel further adds that he checked his visa status online and it was valid until later that day when the Department of Home Affairs issued a notice of cancellation for his visitor visa issued on 8th December. In his visa application, Mr. Patel said he was self-employed and managed a wooden door production unit in Naroda town in Gujarat.
However, when the Department officials phoned Mr. Patel’s business, Prakruti Wooden Industries and made enquiries on the day he was travelling to Melbourne, the officials said they found some misleading information in his visa application.
The cancellation notice issued by the Department recorded that the person who answered the phone identified himself as Mr. Patel cousin who run another wooden industrial unit- Aakruti Wood Products on the same address and claimed that the concerned person is his business partner. Though, he said that Mr. Patel had been involved in the business ever since it was started nearly ten years ago but had limited information about Mr. Patel’s role which the department said was of “significant concern” as both the businesses shared the same address and telephone number.
The department further added that Mr. Patel’s business partner in Prakurti Wooden Industries had no idea about Mr. Patel’s remuneration too and he also denied any information about the leave sanction letter that Mr. Patel submitted with his visa application allegedly signed by his partner neither he was aware about sanctioned leave period.
Mr. Patel says his partner is not actively involved in the business and therefore couldn’t remember the exact details when the officials called. He says he was humiliated when he wasn’t allowed to continue his journey without even giving him the chance of explaining any reason.
He said, if they had any doubts they could have asked me for any evidence they were seeking. They didn’t give any chances of explanation and I have lost the money I spent on my air tickets and hotel bookings in Australia. “I had everything planned. It feels so humiliating.”
Mr. Patel migration agents say that he is preparing to appeal against Australia Visa cancellation decision.
“We are saying that the people the Department contacted were caught off guard. It’s not always easy to remember the exact date and time when you suddenly receive a phone call. The Department has also misinterpreted their testimonies,” Ms Singh told SBS Punjabi. He further added, “And it’s unheard of for the immigration department to make such inquiries over a month after a visitor visa has been granted and when the person is on the flight to Australia.”
Therefore, it is suggested to research before applying to any visa immigration consultancy and provide true and honest information as well as documents. The Department of Home Affairs is very strict and any discrepancy in your visa application can also lead to permanent debarred or 10 years suspension to apply for Australia Visitor Visa or Permanent Residency Visa.
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