All information in this topic is to be taken as
a guide only and may be outdated. The Department
of Immigration of Australia, constantly modify
and update the rules for most types of Visas.
For actual and correct information, please
consult the official
website of the Department of Immigration.
a person even think
about stay Illegal in Australia, the dialog
below will give a good glimpse of what this
person is about to face.
"Thank you for calling Pizza, May I have your
Customer: "Hello, can I order.."
"Can I have your card number first, Sir?"
Customer: "It's, eh ... Hold on ...
"OK ... you're ...
you're calling from
Oak Road. Your home number is 4, Your work number
is 745 2302. And your mobile phone is
266 2566 .
Would you like to have the delivery made to the same address?
Customer: "Yes. How did you get all my phone
"We are connected to the System, Sir."
Customer: "May I order your Seafood Pizza ..."
"That's not a good idea Sir."
Customer: "How come?"
"According to your medical records, you have high blood
pressure and even higher cholesterol levels.
Customer: "What?! ... What do you recommend then?"
"Try our Low Fat Soybean Yogurt Pizza. You'll like
Customer: "How do you know that for sure?"
"You borrowed a book entitled "Popular Soybean
Yogurt Dishes" from the Library last week, Sir."
Customer: "OK. I give up ... Give me three family
sized ones then. How much will that cost?"
"That should be enough for your family of 10, Sir.
The total is $ 49.99."
Customer: "Can I pay by credit card?"
"I'm afraid you have to pay us cash, Sir. Your
credit card is over the limit and you're owing your bank
$3720.55 since October of last year."
Customer: "Never mind just send the pizzas. I'll
have the cash ready. How long is it gonna take
"About 45 minutes, Sir. But if you can't wait you
can always come and collect it on your motorcycle ..."
Customer: " What the..?"
"According to the details in the system, you own a
Harley, ... registration number E1123 ..."
"Sorry, Sir. Better watch your language!
Remember on 15 July '87, you were convicted of using abusive
language to a police officer ..."
"Is there anything else Sir?"
Customer: "Nothing ... by the way ... Don't forget to
give me the 3 free bottles of Pepsi that you advertised!"
"We normally would, Sir, but based on your records
you're also diabetic !!!"
reflects what a person may encounter if he or she decides to
hide from the Australian Immigration Department. Of course it
is not like that, because Australia has strictly privacy laws,
and probably is not interested at all if a person is diabetic
or not, but the system used provides a very good border
control and of the Australian territory. The Department of
Immigration acts very firmly to control illegal migrants or
people who simply decides to overstay their Visas. Our message
to anyone who intend to do this is...
There are many ways
to live and work in Australia by taking the right
Visa which fits the person's intention. Besides
that, in our concept, stay illegal in any
country is the same as invade a person's house
without not being invited and with no time to
leave. Australian people are great host, but
like any other culture based on mutual respect,
Australian don't think twice before delating an
intruder to the authorities.
The second point
is that "Under the table Jobs" as it
is know in the United States, is not something
common in Australia, and many employers will not
contract an worker in an Illegal situation. The
few that may do so, may face heavy penalties or
even prison if found giving work to someone in
the illegality. Basicaly all companies ask for
the "Tax File Number" of the employee
as well as pay directly to a bank account. Often,
the Immigration Department do "Blitz"
in companies suspected of contracting illegal
a person who stays illegal or overstay the Visa
may be arrested and deported without any
previous notice, not talking about the fact that
the country of origin of this person(s) may
influence the classification that Australia have
for anyone from that country to obtain future
Visas. If you like Australia and Australians,
please DO NOT overstay your Visa. Talk with an
Immigration department officer that he or she
may be able help you to stay or work in
Australia, everything done under the law.
Illegal in Australia is a stupidity !!!
from the Immigration, Big John pretended to be a
statue in a park, but gave himself up due the pigeons.