I was wondering if anyone could help me with a dilemma.
I have been living in Australia for four and a half years, the last 18 months of which has been on an RSMS 857 visa. I was previously sponsored on a temporary resident visa by the same employer for ten months before this visa was granted. In the past months my working relationship with my boss has broken down somewhat and my work environment has been pretty awful. I applied for and was granted citizenship. My approval letter from the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship Chris Evans states "When you become an Australian citizen your permanent resident visa will cease". I understood this to mean that all terms and conditions applied to me as a permanent resident on an 857 visa were null and void once citizenship was finalised. As a result I handed in my notice at work. I am aware that I have not served 2 years employment under the RSMS visa but figured (apparently naively) that this would no longer be an issue.
I am now on three weeks annual leave and received a phone call from my boss this afternoon informing me that she had called immigration to check if my obtaining citizenship and resultant departure from my job was "kosher". The official she spoke to informed her that they cannot revoke my citizenship but they can and most likely will fine me (an as yet undisclosed amount) for breaking my visa conditions. As yet my boss has not identified herself or me to immigration, although that situation could change. She has three other sponsored members of staff and understandably does not want to jeopardise their situation.
I researched prior to making my decision to leave and found nothing to indicate this business of fining citizens for breaking prior visa conditions. Did I miss something? Or is my boss just trying to make things difficult for me?
If her information is true do I just hope she doesn't report me for fear of her other sponsors being affected or do I do the honest thing and inform immigration or do I revoke my resignation and return to work for another six months (a viable option according to my boss).
Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you