Australian Permanent residency visa denied after an anonymous caller tips off immigration authorities

An Indian citizen who claimed to be living in a regional area while working in Melbourne has been denied a permanent residency visa after an anonymous caller tipped off immigration department.

Immigration authorities have denied an Indian citizen a permanent residency visa after receiving a tip-off that the applicant had not lived in the regional area.

Mr Singh* arrived in Australia in 2007 on a student visa and in 2012 was granted a 487 visa which provides a pathway to permanent residency after living in a Specified Regional Area in Australia for at least two years and working full time for one year.

In July 2015, Mr Singh applied for an 887 permanent residency visa but a delegate of the then-titled Minister for Immigration and Border Protection refused to grant him the visa stating they were not satisfied Mr Singh had lived at two addresses in Wodonga between February 2013 to 2015, as he had claimed.

Mr Singh had provided immigration authorities with documentary evidence which included utility bills, mobile phone bills, taxation records, employment and superannuation records, rent agreement and bank statements spanning two years across two properties he claimed to have lived at.

But an anonymous informant told the department that Mr Singh was living and working illegally in Melbourne.

The department learnt through the anonymous informant that Mr Singh was not working for the nominating employer in the regional area and had in fact paid money to the employer in exchange for not notifying the immigration officials.

The department also learnt Mr Singh had taken a lease in the regional area but was living in Melbourne and worked night shifts as a security guard for cash.

A friend of Mr Singh who claimed to have lived with him and did the same thing (ie, claimed to live in a regional area while working in Melbourne) was deported by Immigration.

*Name Withheld

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