Immigration stings workers

Glenn CordingleyBroome Advertiser


Glenn Cordingley

Four men found to be illegally working in Broome will be kicked out of the country after a Department of Immigration sting last week.

Three Malaysian nationals were found working on expired tourist visas at takeaway restaurant Asian Noodle in the Boulevard Shopping Centre on Wednesday.

An Immigration spokesman said while the workers came into the country with legal tourist visas, the documents had gone on to expire.

“In contravention of those visas they were working, in paid employment,” he said.

The business was closed last Friday, with a sign on the door advertising job vacancies.

A British national was also discovered at another business for overstaying his travel visa — possibly for years.

All four men were transported to the immigration detention centre in Perth for deportation.

The department said immigration officers were acting on information tip-offs from the public.

“We have a responsibility to ensure the integrity of Australia’s visa system, that’s something we take pretty seriously,” its spokesman said.

“The focus of our compliance work is to make sure people on tourist visas don’t breach conditions by taking on paid employment.”

Penalties range from $3060 for individual employer or up to $76,500 per illegal worker for a company or business.”

He said businesses can be held responsible whether they know a worker has a valid work visa or not.

Any employer unsure about work rights should check with the Visa Entitlement Verification Online system, VEVO.

“Hire legally and protect your profits,” he said.

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