Daivik Jitendra Patel, a 25-year-old Indian, was on his way to Melbourne when his visa was cancelled. He was not allowed to board a connecting flight to Melbourne after a month of having his Visitor Visa issued.
Daivik boarded the Ahmedabad-New Delhi-Melbourne flight of Air India on 18th January 2019 after completing the immigration check. He was removed from the queue at the Delhi airport while he was waiting for the security check. He was told by airport officials that they had received a message from Australian authorities to disallow him from boarding the flight to Australia.
Daivik’s Visitor Visa to Australia had been granted on the 8th of December 2018. He claims that he checked his Visa status online on the day he boarded his flight and the Visa was valid until then. It was until later that day that the Dept. of Home Affairs cancelled his Visa.
While submitting his visa application, Daivik had mentioned himself as self-employed. He stated that he runs his own wooden door production unit in Naroda, Gujarat. He had written the name of his unit as “Prakruti Wooden Industries” in his application.
However, discrepancies were found in the information provided by Daivik. When officials of the Dept. called his unit, the phone was answered by a man. He identified himself as Daivik’s cousin. He said that he runs another business “Aakruti Wood Products” at the same address. He also claimed that Daivik was his business partner. He also claimed that Daivik has been a part of his business since he started it 10 years ago. Yet, he was not able to elaborate on Daivik’s role in the business.
The Dept. of Home Affairs was concerned that both the businesses were being run at the same address. In fact, they even had the same telephone numbers.
The Dept. also called Davik’s partner in his business-Prakruti Wooden Industries. However, the partner did not know about his remuneration. He was even unaware of the leave approval letter which was submitted by Daivik. The leave letter was allegedly signed by the partner. The business partner was also not aware of the number of days Daivik was on leave.
Daivik said that his partner was not actively involved in his business. That was why he was not aware of the details. He says he was not given a chance to submit evidence to prove his claim. He also says that he has lost money on his air tickets and hotel bookings in Australia. Daivik also says that he felt humiliated by the whole incident.
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