If your boss has threatened to cancel your visa when you’ve raised a work issue, remember that only the Department of Home Affairs can grant, refuse or cancel visas.
We have an arrangement with Home Affairs to encourage migrant workers who are being exploited to get our help – even if you’ve breached your visa conditions.
Under this arrangement, your temporary visa will not be cancelled if you:
• had an entitlement to work as part of your visa
• believe you have been exploited at work
• have reported your circumstances to us
• are actively assisting us in an investigation.
This applies as long as you commit to abiding by your visa conditions in the future and where there is no other basis for visa cancellation (such as national security, character, health or fraud grounds).