- Colleen Green couldn’t honour her Australian tour as she was on the wrong visa
- Ms Green’s promoter Bone Soup had secured the indie musician a tourist visa
- The musician has detailed her entire experience in a lengthy Facebook post
- She has been since deported from Australia and is currently back in the US
An American musician booked for an Australian tour has been kicked out of country after arriving in Melbourne on a tourist visa.
Immigration officials questioned Los Angeles-based indie performer Colleen Green over her visa and her plans while in Australia before she was detained overnight and then deported earlier this week.
‘They (officers at the airport) took me to an interrogation room where I waited, was interrogated on tape, waited more, was interrogated more, waited more, and finally was told that my visa was being canceled (sic),’ she wrote in a Facebook post from LA on Friday.
Colleen Green (pictured), who was booked to perform a tour, was kicked out of Australia after arriving in Melbourne on a tourist visa
Colleen Green apologies to her Australian fans for not being able to perform as scheduled
Ms Green said her promoter, Bone Soup, told her they had secured a visa ‘and to just say I’m visiting friends and everything would be fine’.
‘I really had no reason to doubt this as I have traveled (sic) all over the world to perform and have done so many times under the pretense (sic) of ‘tourism’ with no incident,’ Ms Green said.
In a statement, Bone Soup said they thought Ms Green would be able to tour on an Electronic Travel Authority, which is a tourist visa.
‘We wrongly believed that being a promotional break-even tour and having no band Colleen would be within the legal framework to enter the country,’ it said in a statement.
‘We know ignorance is no excuse and are deeply disappointed with ourselves on this.’
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection on its website states ‘you must not work in Australia on this (ETA) visa’.
Colleen Green an American musician (pictured) was unable to preform in Australia as planned
Ms Green had detailed her entire experience with the Australian immigration on her FB page
Colleen Green performs supporting EMA on stage at The Garage on June 3, 2014 in London
Colleen Green performs at Saturn Birmingham on Sept 21, 2015 in Birmingham, Alabama