Dairy future under deportation cloud

THE future of the Blue Lake Dairy Group is in jeopardy as strict new work visa requirements leave the company’s operations director and major stakeholder Ryan Zhang facing deportation.

Following changes to Australian visas, the powdered milk processing plant’s senior manager is likely to fail the English language test component, which is now a part of the skilled visa eligibility criteria.

According to the Home Affairs Department, visa applicants for the new Temporary Skill Shortage (TSS) visa are required to demonstrate they meet “certain minimum standards of English language requirements” through one of five tests.

Mr Zhang, who is of Chinese background, is unlikely to pass.

Speaking on behalf of Mr Zhang,

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