Feb 2019 | Migrants face deportation if they move, under population control visas

Date: 8 Feb 2019 

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald

Migrants will have their visas cancelled if they leave designated areas under one of the first stages of the government's $19 million population package.

The policy, first flagged by The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age in August, will see regional councils empowered to sponsor workers.

Immigration Minister David Coleman has directed the department to send out officers to negotiate agreements with specific areas including Cairns in Queensland and Arana in western NSW.

"The visa will require people to work in that area," he said. "You can't just go and work somewhere else."

He said if workers sought to move they would have to seek another visa.

"To be frank it would be unlikely they would obtain it and they would not be able to obtain permanent residency.

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