Faster visa processing for Indians wanting to travel to Australia

Rodiano Bonacci
Июня 19, 2017

The news outlet further revealed Malaysians were the worst offenders for overstaying.

This was followed by China, with 6500 overstayers; there were 5710 unlawful non-citizens from the United States and 3680 people from the UK.

Japan, Fiji, France and Germany are also featured on the list of top offenders.

According to The Courier Mail, more than two thirds of those who sat foot in Down Under on legal visas and have overstayed have been continuously living here for more than two years.

Indonesia, India, South Korea, Philippines, Vietnam and Thailand all had between 2,200 and 2,800 people living illegally in Australia.

Meanwhile, at least one person has evaded the authorities for about 40 years and it is not known whether that individual is still alive.

As many as 20,000 of the 64,600 "unlawful non-citizens" are believed to be working, while the total number of people living illegally in Australia on expired visas has increased 6 per cent compared with five years ago.

About 15 percent of over-stayers are on student visas and expired working holiday visa's make up for just three percent.

A spokesman for Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the number outlined was "less than one per cent of the 6.5 million temporary entrants to Australia each year" with some immigrants only overstaying their visa allocation by a few days.

But the embarrassing numbers for the immigration department come as Dutton wages multiple battles on immigration, asylum and citizenship, with a powerful immigration tribunal overturning the government's attempts to take tough stance on the issues, while critics accuse the government of not being tough enough. In 2013-14, there were 164,219 visa applications by Indians. AAT blocked the deportation.

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