Unemployed temporary skilled visa holders must return home

SBS News continues to shill for unemployed temporary migrants on ‘skilled’ visas, demanding they be given welfare support from Australian taxpayers and easier access to jobs:

Some unemployed temporary visa holders are facing a double whammy of being ineligible for government assistance during the coronavirus pandemic and facing hurdles in being able to work for another employer.

Chef Tiff Tan is originally from Malaysia and was working in a bistro in Melbourne when the coronavirus pandemic began.

She was sponsored by her employer on a temporary skill shortage visa (482) but lost that sponsorship when the restaurant had to reduce its hours.

It meant she had 60 days to either find a new sponsor, be granted a different visa, or leave the country.

“All the restaurants have been shut down because of COVID-19 and no one wanted to sponsor me because it’s very expensive,” she told SBS News.

“I’ve been living in Australia for 10 years, it’s become my home and I want to stay here. I’ve been trying to become a permanent resident for a long time”…

Professor Mary Crock, an expert in migration law at the University of Sydney, said once someone gets their visa based on an occupation in a particular industry, it is very hard to switch to a new employer in another industry…

Ms Crock said temporary visa holders need more protections in Australia especially as “we’re reliant on them as taxpayers”…

In March, Alejandro Jara watched all the bookings for his events agency Black & White Waiters disappear…

Mr Jara was devastated to have to stand down 90 per cent of his 1,150 staff…

The business relies heavily on recruiting workers from overseas and bringing them to the country on temporary sponsored working visas, so the majority of those who found themselves without work were migrants…

They’re not coming here for three, six months they are coming here for years to enjoy Australia and advance their careers…

Director of the Migrant Workers Centre in Melbourne Matt Kunkel said temporary migrants need an ongoing safety net in Australia…

“If we want everyone to be on the same page when we come out the other side of this pandemic these visa holders need ongoing support throughout it”…

“Temporary visa holders who are unable to support themselves under these arrangements over the next six months are strongly encouraged to return home,” [Immigration Minister Alan] Tudge said…

“Those visa holders who have been laid off due to coronavirus should leave the country in line with existing visa conditions if they are unable to secure a new sponsor.”

Let’s get back to basics here. The whole purpose of Australia’s temporary ‘skilled’ migration program was to plug “skills shortages” across the economy and to provide flexibility.

That is, the migrant intake should expand when skills are needed, but then in times of economic dislocation and high unemployment those on temporary visas should return to their home countries. In turn, temporary work visas are designed to act as a shock absorber for the Australian economy.

Instead, this program has been mercifully abused by employers to hire low and semi-skilled migrants over locals, as illustrated by the hospitality jobs mentioned above.

It is quite frankly absurd that in a country of less than 26 million people, we had well over 2 million temporary visa holders in Australia at the end of 2019, most with work rights:

With the Australian economy facing its biggest decline since the Great depression, and labour underutilisation surging, allowing migrant workers to remain in Australia to compete against locals for scarce jobs would only worsen the unemployment queues and further depress wages, smashing Australia’s working class.

Extending welfare support to temporary migrants would also cost Australian taxpayers tens-of-billions of dollars.

If temporary migrants cannot find employment and cannot support themselves, they must return home.

Temporary visas are precisely that: temporary.

Leith van Onselen
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Comments

  1. alwaysanonMEMBER

    Agreed – I’d rather see the money spent subsidising their trip home than given to them here if they can’t make their way home on their own…

    • kiwikarynMEMBER

      The employer sponsored them into the country, the employer should be responsible for sending them home.

      • Sending a million “temporary” visa holders home will also boost Qantas and Virgin

        • 2.5 million..
          and a 100 flights a day x 100 days to exit them.
          Well within our spare airport and fleet capacity.’

          Actual numbers.
          Stocktake and action needed.

          2.5 million third world migrant guestworkers.

          Highly concentrated in vast migrant slums in Sydney and Melbourne.

          By city.
          Sydney pop 5.2 million
          1.0 million PR as foreign nationals (19%)
          1 in 5 people.
          1.3 million TR / SCV / TV (25%)
          1 in 4 people..

          Melbourne pop 5 million
          0.7 million PR as foreign nationals (14%)
          1 in 7 people
          0.95 million TR / SCV / TV (19%)
          1 in nearly 5 people..

          Elsewhere (Brisbane, Adelaide etc) in mini me migrant slums.
          0.2 million PR foreign nationals
          0.25 million TR / SCV / TV foreign nationals.

          By visa pretext category.

          🔻865,000 foreign students & partners/ no classes, no fines & in breach of their visa and COe
          🔻667,000 Nz scv of which 290,000 are non Nz born
          🔻290,000 protection visas and 90%+ shown as fake
          🔻260,000 working holiday but no rural jobs and now 3 million Australians unemployed
          🔻150,000 so called skilled jobs and dependents but no jobs
          🔻110,000 rural or regional visas but no jobs,
          🔻320,000 long stay repeat stay visitors all overstaying, saying ‘no money, no flights back etc’
          🔻70,000 long term overstayers

          Almost all living and working illegally in visa breach, invalid or expired COe.
          -/-

          We need mass media campaign to force this government to aggressively round up and deport the 2.5 million TR / SCV migrant guestworker overhang.

          With 3 million Australians unemployed and Australia now in full recession, its time to act.

          And as the migrant borne virus now infects Australia, lets be honest about where it came from and how it’s spread.

          It came in from China.

          It came into Australia via Chinese then non Australian migrant PR (they are not Australian citizens), Chinese, Indian, Bangladeshi south East Asians etc fleeing their country of nationality and passport to enter Australia – and to suck up our Medicare and our welfare.

          278,000 people have entered Australia since the virus outbreak.

          168,000 were non Australian PR or TR, many who evaded bio security controls, took paracetamol etc to hide their symptoms, and travelled via secondary countries to evade border and bio security controls.

          And then once here, they broke quarantine, lied and falsified their entry, address and identity details and purpose in Australia.

          Then as we saw in Melbourne / these PR & TR migrants then spread their disease into the onshore TR migrant guestworkers – eg the ‘quarantine security staff hired via in black market labour rings’, who then spread via the TR migrant community in their illegal work in retail and wholesale, checkouts / shelf stacking / deliveroo..

          To a huge onshore pool of TR migrant guestworkers who are mostly in visa breach.
          👉🏾No funds (routinely faked)
          👉🏾Falsified health checks on original entry
          👉🏾Falsified entry documents
          👉🏾Systemic use of false identities

          🔻Defying any public health measures.
          🔻Refusing testing
          🔻The mainstay of the foreign criminal black economy and vice industry in Australia

          👉🏾Underground, illegal, in visa breach, no funds, no valid ‘skilled job’, no classes, many not even enrolled.

          👉🏾Living in fetid overcrowded migrant slums.

          A long standing economic and social risk.

          And now a clear and present bio security risk.

          -/-

          What’s going to happen if no action is taken.

          The virus outbreak has already spread thru the vast migrant slums of Melbourne and Sydney.

          The migrant guestworkers are already the first real wave of mass infection.

          And they will decimate our healthcare.
          Most have no health insurance.
          Those who do (only compulsory in recent years for a small group of visa categories) are with micky mouse private insurance and are not covered for serious virus care which will require Australian taxpayer funded public health care.

          👉🏾Our healthcare & icu wards will be overrun and not available to Australia citizens when the disease spreads from the migrant incubation hubs into the wider Australian population.

          2.5 million non Australian foreign nationals as migrant Guestworkers living and working illegally here in visa breach, no funds & invalid or expired COe.

          👉🏾Round them up
          👉🏾Place them in internment camps
          👉🏾Shuttle flights organised
          👉🏾100 flights a day @ 250 migrants per planes (well within our airport and idle plane capacity)
          => 25,000 a day exited.

          100 days will see 2.5 million exited.

          Every other country is exiting their non citizens.

          The time to act is now.

          • Yes it is. I feel sympathy for their situation but the fact is “Government Funding” is taxpayer funded, and a huge number of taxpayers are (or soon will be) struggling themselves. Loads of local unemployed. If this constant stream of benefits keeps expanding we’ll end up a third world country ourselves. It’s nice to care but do the maths, we just can’t afford it.

          • Send them back, Bill them for every expense including healthcare and they can never return without first paying the bill back

            A true HELP loan

  2. To be fair liberal media outlets have precisely zero grasp of basic economics – it’s all about ideology, real world be damned.

  3. kiwikarynMEMBER

    A catering company that needs migrants because they cant find waiters in Australia. Remind me again how many cabin crew members were just made redundant from Qantas and Virgin? Not to mention all the newly unemployed tourist and retail workers. Or more likely, a foreign migrant employer is running an immigration scam that gives sponsored visas to migrant workers in return for the workers paying back their wages to the boss in cash. Covid is likely to have busted all of these wage scams, which is a good thing.

    • Exactly. the screaming we’re hearing is mini-Ponzi-visa-scamming schemes going bust.

  4. This is what modern slavery looks like. There are no chains or shackles, just poor, unskilled and under paid migrants in an exuberantly expensive country who’s bourgeoisie scoff at the jobs these slaves work in. They need to wake up and realize thats this desert island can be a curse.

      • The FNG.MEMBER

        For those about to lock down, we salute you. (Migs on lead)

        So much obnoxious noise
        I want to spend my life at the beach
        I’m getting tired of the daily shouting
        City gets the worst of me

        I’m on the desert island
        In the middle of the sea
        Put a message in a bottle
        That’s all you’ll hear from me

        I need some time to loosen up
        Get my head on straight
        If I don’t leave this city
        I think I’ll go insane

        Desert Island, out in the sun
        Desert Island, out in the heat

        I want some real sunshine
        Can’t you I’m crying out
        Break the wall that you built up
        And listen to me shout
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSzHC3kV0x0

  5. Fascinating info emerging from these shill stories. How about Black and White waiters, which “relies heavily on recruiting workers from overseas and bringing them to the country on temporary sponsored working visas..”

    Honestly when this counts as skilled labour it’s obvious the program is a rort.

    • BoomToBustMEMBER

      If we were in need of cheap labour why didnt we use our island neighbors in the pacific, this would have boosted the economies of all these small nations and secured our relationship and power against China.

    • These workers have to be paid full tote odds, much to the dismay of the growers 🙁 This is part of an excellent programme (the SWP) where the workers have to return home after 6 months and cannot be screwed.
      About 400 are due in Victoria later this month to pick the asparagus on the Kooweerup swamp. Even the dodgy labour contractors using Cambodians cannot beat the fully paid Ni-Vans for this work.

  6. Mr SquiggleMEMBER

    So currently the SBS is lobbying for jobseeker support for temporary visa holders, but what’s going to happen when ICU beds reach capacity? Are they going to say Temporary visa holders should be given ICU, when Australian citizens and long term tax payers miss out? Mass migration is a moral hazard zone for Australia

    • Had wondered about this too. They may have studied during that time, but it seems questionable given the duration. Looking at 482 visa description, it’s only valid for 2 years.

      https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/temporary-skill-shortage-482

      “This visa enables employers to address labour shortages by bringing in skilled workers where employers can’t source an appropriately skilled Australian worker.”

      You can stay for up to 2 years or up to 4 years if an International Trade Obligation (ITO) applies. Hong Kong passport holders may stay up to 5 years.

      I didn’t think we’d have too much trouble sourcing chefs, but there you go.

    • I was thinking that too. Maybe the employer has stalled on the paperwork, or the Cook doesn’t meet the requirements for Permanent Residency. Our church has taken 5yrs to get the Pastor a PR status, and it’s still ongoing. So 10yrs might be normal if the person waited 5yrs to apply

    • Harder to hold anything over them once they’ve got PR. Once they’ve got the carrot, the exploitation options reduce, not that there isn’t a steady line of new aspirants.

  7. Too bad SBS can’t do a proper research and discover that the migrants are just here to take jobs from “lazy locals” who won’t work the hours for the pay provided, hence the need to procure “skilled migrants” from abroad. Seriously, the locals don’t even get a look in, so the “last resort” is to sponsor migrants, let’s call them skilled and promise them that despite the paperwork saying your are temporary, that if you do all the work the company requires, you will be made a Permanent Resident someday. This is the biggest Turd burger, minus the bun, that the Australian government has done, to screw both Aussies and the migrants in equal measure. but hardly anyone can see it for what it is, exploitation.

    • darklydrawlMEMBER

      You touch on a good point here Shawno – that being the immigrants themselves are screwed over, mislead and lead on by the Government and ‘the system’ as much as the citizens of this fine land. It is clear some folks are milking it, but most of them are just meat in the grinder trying to survive.

  8. A modern day slave labour ring supported by both sides of Australian politics.

    It’s no coincidence that the only opposition to this disgusting set up comes from useful idiots like Pauline Hanson.

  9. Stocktake and action needed.

    2.5 million third world migrant guestworkers.

    Highly concentrated in vast migrant slums in Sydney and Melbourne.

    By city.
    Sydney pop 5.2 million
    1.0 million PR as foreign nationals (19%)
    1 in 5 people.
    1.3 million TR / SCV / TV (25%)
    1 in 4 people..

    Melbourne pop 5 million
    0.7 million PR as foreign nationals (14%)
    1 in 7 people
    0.95 million TR / SCV / TV (19%)
    1 in nearly 5 people..

    Elsewhere (Brisbane, Adelaide etc) in mini me migrant slums.
    0.2 million PR foreign nationals
    0.25 million TR / SCV / TV foreign nationals.

    By visa pretext category.

    🔻865,000 foreign students & partners/ no classes, no fines & in breach of their visa and COe
    🔻667,000 Nz scv of which 290,000 are non Nz born
    🔻290,000 protection visas and 90%+ shown as fake
    🔻260,000 working holiday but no rural jobs and now 3 million Australians unemployed
    🔻150,000 so called skilled jobs and dependents but no jobs
    🔻110,000 rural or regional visas but no jobs,
    🔻320,000 long stay repeat stay visitors all overstaying, saying ‘no money, no flights back etc’
    🔻70,000 long term overstayers

    Almost all living and working illegally in visa breach, invalid or expired COe.
    -/-

    We need mass media campaign to force this government to aggressively round up and deport the 2.5 million TR / SCV migrant guestworker overhang.

    With 3 million Australians unemployed and Australia now in full recession, its time to act.

    And as the migrant borne virus now infects Australia, lets be honest about where it came from and how it’s spread.

    It came in from China.

    It came into Australia via Chinese then non Australian migrant PR (they are not Australian citizens), Chinese, Indian, Bangladeshi south East Asians etc fleeing their country of nationality and passport to enter Australia – and to suck up our Medicare and our welfare.

    278,000 people have entered Australia since the virus outbreak.

    168,000 were non Australian PR or TR, many who evaded bio security controls, took paracetamol etc to hide their symptoms, and travelled via secondary countries to evade border and bio security controls.

    And then once here, they broke quarantine, lied and falsified their entry, address and identity details and purpose in Australia.

    Then as we saw in Melbourne / these PR & TR migrants then spread their disease into the onshore TR migrant guestworkers – eg the ‘quarantine security staff hired via in black market labour rings’, who then spread via the TR migrant community in their illegal work in retail and wholesale, checkouts / shelf stacking / deliveroo..

    To a huge onshore pool of TR migrant guestworkers who are mostly in visa breach.
    👉🏾No funds (routinely faked)
    👉🏾Falsified health checks on original entry
    👉🏾Falsified entry documents
    👉🏾Systemic use of false identities

    🔻Defying any public health measures.
    🔻Refusing testing
    🔻The mainstay of the foreign criminal black economy and vice industry in Australia

    👉🏾Underground, illegal, in visa breach, no funds, no valid ‘skilled job’, no classes, many not even enrolled.

    👉🏾Living in fetid overcrowded migrant slums.

    A long standing economic and social risk.

    And now a clear and present bio security risk.

    -/-

    What’s going to happen if no action is taken.

    The virus outbreak has already spread thru the vast migrant slums of Melbourne and Sydney.

    The migrant guestworkers are already the first real wave of mass infection.

    And they will decimate our healthcare.
    Most have no health insurance.
    Those who do (only compulsory in recent years for a small group of visa categories) are with micky mouse private insurance and are not covered for serious virus care which will require Australian taxpayer funded public health care.

    👉🏾Our healthcare & icu wards will be overrun and not available to Australia citizens when the disease spreads from the migrant incubation hubs into the wider Australian population.

    2.5 million non Australian foreign nationals as migrant Guestworkers living and working illegally here in visa breach, no funds & invalid or expired COe.

    👉🏾Round them up
    👉🏾Place them in internment camps
    👉🏾Shuttle flights organised
    👉🏾100 flights a day @ 250 migrants per planes (well within our airport and idle plane capacity)
    => 25,000 a day exited.

    100 days will see 2.5 million exited.

    Every other country is exiting their non citizens.

    The time to act is now.

    • What we need is a proper Australian Labour Party to stand up for Australian workers again and oppose this immoral slave importation racket.

      Instead what we’ve got is a bunch of woke, inner city, liberal lite, luvvies who play the role of fake ‘opposition’ to the despicable ‘Scummos’ of the Murdoch supported centre right.

      • TailorTrashMEMBER

        Problem is a lot of Strayan working class don’t see them selves as such …..they run a fcuking frock shop and think they are in management …or are assistant manager in a fast food franchise and think they are in the executive class . These are not the working class labour of the cloth cap and the hob nailed boots of my youth who knew their place and elected some of their own and finest ( chiefly Curtin ) to represent them . Also huge amounts of recent arrivals living and working in enclaves run by their own countrymen and under conditions whence they came .
        Albo and Sally McManus have neither the insight , the awareness or the first idea how to pull these people behind them .