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Longman MP tackles Minister over local visa rejection

A respected local strawberry farmer may be forced to leave Australia after his visa application under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme was rejected.

Member for Longman, Terry Young, has thrown his support behind Morayfield resident Sangria Kim, known locally as Ray Kim, who came to Australia in 2009 as a backpacker on a working holiday from South Korea.

After impressing his employers in 2014 he took up an offer to run his own strawberry farm, Oz Strawberry, in Beerwah where he employs 50 -100 workers, depending on seasonal fluctuations.

In 2017 Mr Kim applied to stay in Australia permanently under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme, but his application has been rejected. He has since lodged an appeal through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.

“Mr Kim has found a home here in Morayfield and is widely respected in the farming community,” Mr Young said.

“Good people like Mr Kim are an asset to our country and local community, employing locals and contributing to our economy, so I’m working with the department and the minister to ensure common sense prevails in this matter.”

Mr Young has now met with Mr Kim and Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alex Hawke to see if a solution could be found.


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