Australia does not tolerate visa breaches so it is best to not even consider overstaying your tourist visa in the hopes of entering the country easily and staying longer illegally.
Travelers to Australia are encouraged to heed the conditions of their visa and, should they wish to immigrate to, or live and work in Australia, do so by following the correct procedure which is by applying for and obtaining a valid and correct visa.
This week Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton warned a group of African athletes, who went missing during the Commonwealth Games, that unless they come forward and surrender themselves to Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection they will face legal persecution and face being deportation.
On Tuesday this week it came to light that eight athletes from Cameroon, two from Uganda and a Rwandan coach went missing from the April 4-15 Games at the Gold Coast.
The athletes were considered to be in Australia illegally from midnight on Tuesday when their visas expired.
“If they breach the conditions, they’re subject to enforcement action,” Australia’s Minister of Home Affairs, Peter Dutton, told reporters on Tuesday.
“Like anyone else, they’re expected to operate within the law, and enforcement action will take place to identify those people and to deport them if they don’t self-declare.”
Some of the athletes had contacted a refugee advice centre in Sydney, the Daily Telegraph newspaper reported.
“Some have been to us for advice,” Ben Lumsdaine, a solicitor at the Refugee Advice and Casework Service, told the paper on Tuesday.
Australia is not about to let this breach of their hardline approach to immigration slide. The country is notoriously tough about their strict immigration rules and it is in the traveler’s best interest to always observe and respect these laws or face being declared an illegal and banned from entering the country.
There are a number of legal ways to immigrate to Australia. The most popular method is by obtaining an Australian work visa through either the sponsored or nominated streams.
Employer Sponsored Work Visa
Applying for a sponsored work visa means that your Australian employer has proven that he needs your specific skill-set and could not find an appropriate candidate in Australia to fill the position. This visa is a permanent residence visa for skilled workers. To be eligible you must me be nominated by an approved Australian employer, be under 45 years of age, meet the skills, qualifications and English language requirements and all other requirements for this visa.
Skilled Sate Nominated Visa
You might also consider the Australian Skilled - Nominated Visa (subclass 190) This Australian state sponsored visa is for skilled workers who are nominated by a state or territory. A visa holder can live and work permanently anywhere in Australia. Certain family members can be included in the application.
To be eligible for this visa you must score at least 60 points on the Points Test and very importantly be nominated by a state or territory and meet the basic requirements for this visa, after which will receive an Invitation To Apply.
Source: Reuters and australia.gov.au