‘No end to this’: six visas, six migration agents, four jobs in regional Australia and still no permanent residency

Fri, 21 Apr 2023 14:28:51 +1000

Andrew Pam <xanni [at] glasswings.com.au>

Andrew Pam

"After approximately $70,000, six visas, six migration agents and four
different jobs in regional areas, the Sri Lankan national Mohamed Farshan
Mohamed Fairoos is no closer to reaching his goal to have the right to settle
in Australia permanently.

Since arriving in the country as a student in 2007, Fairoos has spent eight
years working in hospitality, from Kangaroo Island to Thursday Island, from the
wine belt of Victoria to the southern highlands of New South Wales where he is
now based, trying to qualify for permanent residency.

During his time on temporary work visas, Fairoos says he has witnessed racism
from sponsor employers, wage theft, unfair dismissals of other migrants and an
employer requesting sexual favours from a migrant worker in exchange for help
to receive residency.

One agent told him if he paid $20,000 he could secure a job that would lead to
permanent residency.

“Everyone gets a piece of that pie – the migration agent, and the sponsor
employer, but it’s all cash,” Fairoos says.

“People don’t know what’s happening behind closed doors.”

There were 252 complaints against registered migration agents last financial
year, however only 13 faced sanctions.

In addition, there have been about 3,000 complaints about employers or sponsors
since 2019.

A spokesperson for the Department of Home Affairs says 226 sponsors, out of an
active total of 20,219, have been sanctioned so far this financial year to 31
January, representing a 13% increase on the previous financial year."

       *** Xanni ***
mailto:xanni@xanadu.net               Andrew Pam
http://xanadu.com.au/                 Chief Scientist, Xanadu
https://glasswings.com.au/            Partner, Glass Wings
https://sericyb.com.au/               Manager, Serious Cybernetics

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