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Australian Border Force Warns Overstayers from the 2018 Commonwealth Games

ABF Call: Anyone with information about attempts to exploit Australia’s visa program should contact Border Watch by visiting Australia.gov.au/borderwatch." Informants "can remain anonymous.”

Crispin ArandaOriginally posted on May 21, 2018; updated May 21, 2018

Australian Border Force Warns Overstayers from the 2018 Commonwealth Games

The 2018 Commonwealth Games, commonly known as Gold Coast 2018 held on the Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia ended last month.

As foreign athletes, the participants were issued temporary visas.  The Australia Border Force (ABF) however, said that while the vast majority of the individuals havre already departed, “some individuals have remained in Australia” outside the period of their visa validity dates.

Hence they would be considered overstayers which the ABF considers “a common feature of many major international events.”

Some who have stayed were reported to have already applied for other visas to maintain their lawful status. ABF says “those cases will be rigorously assessed in line with standard processes.”  The following concludes the ABF announcement.

ABF Warning

“For those who attempt to remain in the community without engaging with authorities, they should be aware that anyone in Australia without a valid visa will be subject to enforcement measures aimed at locating, detaining and removing them from Australia. 

The ABF has stood up a dedicated operation to ensure those that should depart Australia do so.

Those who are removed may also face a three year re-entry ban from Australia and may owe a debt to the Australian Government for the cost of their removal.”

Call for people to provide information

“Anyone who is still in Australia without a valid visa should depart immediately, or contact the Department of Home Affairs to discuss their visa status. 


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Crispin Aranda

Crispin Aranda

Crispin R. Aranda is an established International Visa Conselor and Immigrant Advocate. He is the president of IVC and is in several migration radio programs.

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