A media report revealed over 800 Nepalese citizens in Australia are staying unlawfully. The report further states most of these unlawful overstayers are international students. According to a news report on SouthAsia.com.au, most of those overstayed Nepalese in Australia stayed back much beyond than their student visa lets to stay as an international student in Australia. As per the Australian student visa, international students have to comply certain conditions such as remain enrolled in a registered course, not working than 40 hours a fortnight, maintaining adequate health insurance arrangements and so on.
Department of Immigration and Border Protection said that these people who are overstaying in Australia beyond what is allowed by their visa, can seek advice from the Nepalese community on what to do if you have overstayed, consequences of the act and what are their general duties as visa holders. The spokesperson said that the community can also refer the defaulters to Department’s Status Resolution Service who help any problems and issues regarding in overstaying in the country.
The number of people of Nepalese origin overstaying in Australia is definitely not small seeing the size of their country. The spokesperson said that as on 30th June,2016 there are about 820 people of Nepalese origin who are staying in the country unlawfully. The main problem starts when these international students are followed by visitors who have breached their visa terms mostly by overstaying in the country. However, Department of Immigration and Border Protection has failed to give the breakdown of the numbers in terms of categories to which these unlawful citizen belong to.
You can use the following links to know more about visa conditions and staying in Australia
Visa holder responsibilities- http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/complying-with-your-obligations.
Consequences of visa overstaying and SRS – www.border.gov.au/srs.
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