EXCLUSIVE: Over 800 Nepalese citizens living unlawfully in Australia; most overstayers are students: immigration spokesperson

By Ram Khatry, Sydney
23 June 2017

A spokesperson for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection has revealed there are over 800 Nepalese visa overstayers in Australia. Most of these illegal non-citizens are international students who stayed back in the country beyond the validity of their student visa, a spokesperson for the DIBP said today in response to an exclusive query from southasia.com.au.

According to DIBP, Nepalese community organisations as well as members of the community can help by educating potential overstayers about their responsibilities as visa holders, consequences of visa overstaying and where to go for help in case they do overstay their visas.

“Nepalese community organisations and members can play a constructive role by making people in their community aware of their visa responsibilities, the consequences of visa overstaying and referring them to the Department’s Status Resolution Service, which helps resolve issues for people who may have overstayed their visa,” the spokesperson urged.

The number of illegals who entered Australia with Nepalese passports does not seem to be small, given the size of their country.

“As at 30 June 2016 there were around 820 Nepalese national Unlawful Non-Citizens (UNC) in the Australian Community,” the spokesperson told southasia.com.au.

International students are followed by visitors who have violated their visa conditions by remaining illegally in Australia, it is understood. DIBP failed to provide a breakdown on the number of visa overstayers by categories.

Information about visa holder responsibilities is available from http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/complying-with-your-obligations.

Information about the consequences of visa overstaying and SRS is available from www.border.gov.au/srs.

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