What happens if you overstay your visa? Will the authorities come after you and throw you in a gulag? Will your country have to appeal for your safe return? Can you prevent this? The good news is that there are no gulags in Australia… that we know of. Let’s not give the government any ideas! You don’t have to find out the hard way by following the guidelines we will discuss here.
After your visa’s expiry, you are given a 28-day window to settle any immigration concerns that you have. Within this time, make sure to visit the immigration office so you can report that your visa has expired, and explore any options for you to extend your stay in the country.
What happens if you overstay your visa, stay in the country, and exceed the 28-day deadline? Immigration officers may track you down. Know that, once your visa has expired, you will officially be an unlawful non-citizen of the country. There is a risk of being detained from Australia, as well as a corresponding fee for the cost of your removal. Offenders may also be banned from the country, for a maximum duration of three years.
To prevent the above mentioned, be sure to consult Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS) officers. While you make your visit, be sure to bring the following:
- Passport and ID
- Proof of residence, such as a receipt from your last rent payment or electric bill
- If you mean to leave Australia, a printout or screenshot of the booking for your departure flight
If you voluntarily report your cause to the authorities, you may be granted a temporary bridging visa, which you can use to exit and re-enter the country until you settle any outstanding requirements. From here, you can apply for a visa extension, the duration of which depends on the type of visa. Take note, though, that if your current visa has a “no further stay” condition after expiry, you will not be able to apply for an extension while in the country.