Australia has revoked the citizenship of an Afghan who got an Australian driver’s license by presenting a fraudulently obtained overseas license.
Ali Haidari, 26, became an Australian permanent resident in 2010, received permanent protection visa nine years ago, about seven months after he arrived in the country by sea and became a citizen four years later. His citizenship has now been revoked following the discovery that the license he used to apply for Australian driver’s license is fake.
In November 2014, the fourth year as an Australian permanent resident, Haidari submitted an application for Australian citizenship, and his application was approved quickly, a little over a month. By August 2017, Australia canceled his citizenship approval owing to Haidari’s use of fake Afghan driver’s license to get the Australian driver’s license in 2013.
Fraudulent Foreign license
Australia Department of Home Affairs, then immigration department, held an identity interview for Haidari in June 2017 during an identity review process and officers in charge of his interview discovered he used fake foreign license in 2013.
Haidari gave the officers Queensland driver’s license he obtained in 2013 as a heavy truck driver and confessed he had never driven a truck before 2013. He said he paid his friends in Pakistan to get him a driver’s license so that he could avoid the process of – getting a learner driver’s license to full license – in order to get a job.
He answered no when asked about the originality of his Afghan driver’s license which led to the cancellation of the approval of his Australian citizenship in 2017. He, however, applied for a review of the decision, but Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) refused the review last week stating his bad character.
In their defense, Haidari and his representative said he did not know the license was fake when he used it and that he has told Queensland Department of Main Roads and Transport about the fake license before the identity interview.
AAT accused Haidari of deliberately presenting the fake license, a point which the Tribunal said is reinforced by his track record of ignoring or breaking the rules.
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