The first domestic helper to run for a seat on the Labour Advisory Board has only a tourist visa and should never have run, an Immigration Department official revealed yesterday. Carole Mangampo's work visa expired and her status was changed to that of a visitor when her last employer terminated her contract a year ago, a spokesman for the department said. She was allowed to stay pending a court case she had filed against her employer for severance compensation. But the case was settled last month and she was given until yesterday to find another employer or face deportation, he said. People in Hong Kong on tourist visas were not supposed to engage in activities such as running for office or running a union, he added. Ms Mangampo, chairwoman of the Philippines Domestic Workers Union, could not be reached for comment yesterday. She competed against nine other unionists for five seats representing employees in the election last week but lost. Asked whether Ms Mangampo should have been allowed to run, a Labour Department spokesman pointed to the poll rules which only require candidates to be paid-up members of a registered union and to be nominated by that union. Ms Mangampo on Monday said she should have no problem staying in Hong Kong because the eight executive committee members of her union had decided to hire her as a full-time worker, making the union her employer. But the immigration official said people allowed to enter Hong Kong as domestic helpers were not supposed to switch to another type of employment under labour laws. Immigration Department officers met Ms Mangampo yesterday, but details of the meeting were not available. The eight-year Hong Kong resident came under attack from fellow Filipinas who accused her of running for the board to further her own interests. Ms Mangampo defended herself, saying she ran to give domestic workers a voice on the body that advises the Labour Commissioner.