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Protection visa

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa Nasinu This writer was both, only to become an over-stayer and breached his five years multiple visa because of leukemia and I thank God’s provision for allowing me
30 Oct 2012 10:29

Savenaca Vakaliwaliwa
Nasinu

This writer was both, only to become an over-stayer and breached his five years multiple visa because of leukemia and I thank God’s provision for allowing me to be in Sydney when diagnosed with this cancer.
Sixteen years later, I was given a five star accommodation and free food for five weeks at Villawood Detention Centre, had my return ticket paid by the Howard government and was the first to board the Air Pacific flight back to Fiji in July 2004.
This is after exhausting all possible avenues to become a permanent resident.
One main reason for people overstaying their visas is the work opportunity available and the good hourly rate paid.
This is coupled with the encouragement given by over-stayers and residents of “why return to hell when you are in heaven?”
Another reason for overstaying is the availability of protection visas which is the same as seeking refugee status back then. Fiji is heading towards general elections in 2014 and already our relationship with our big brothers has improved, with visitors flocking to Fiji to spend their holidays.
Soon, those who have applied for protection visas will be told to return to Fiji or face deportation but this after their immediate family have been denied visas because of their action.
Because of our bad record, both the Australian and New Zealand Embassies are strict in screening all applicants. For those lucky enough to get their visas granted enjoy your trip and take with you a set of ear plugs to wear when those out there whisper sweetly in your ears.




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