My boyfriend wants to come and see me for two weeks in Oz whilst I am travelling but we are not sure where we stand with his criminal convictions.
No.1 was over 7 years ago for which he spent 1-2 months in prison.
No.2 was just under 7 years ago for which he received a fine.
Can anyone offer any advice as to when these convictions are spent and exactly how strict Oz is on these things?
sometimes this can be tricky in Australia...often it can depend on a number of factors. He may actually pass through with no problems at all. They will ask what the conviction was for and the amount of further questioning will depend on the nature of the conviction - obviously, a charge involving violence never helps.
For what it is worth, here is my advice:
1) Tell him to make sure that he is presentable at immigration. Nothing over the top that says "sucsessful crime lord" but not the typical backpacker attire either. I know this is always hard after a long-haul flight but it will help his cause. Regardless of whether we mean to or not, we all judge a little on appearances.
2) If he has any documentation at all that was given to him at the end of his prision time, bring this or a copy along. For some reason some australian immigration sometimes ask for something on paper to a) prove that the charge was for what he said it was for and b) that the prision sentence is well and truely over and that the fine is paid. If he has a contact from the prision it might even help to carry a card with their name, title and phone number.
3) If he can't find documentation, bring a list of dates over. When he was arrested, charged, prision start and end dates. The officers will get suspicious if he can't give exact dates of his conviction.
4) Make sure that you are at least available by phone and can roughly verify the details that he is giving. If you are asked to discuss your relationship, don't be embarrassed or too upset. It is ok to just give a clear and short statement that you are in a romantic partnership (or whatever...think of something that you are comfortable saying). They may also ask how long you have been together and why he is coming out to visit...a simple and honest answer is ok here too. Explain to the offices that he has always been honest and up front about these charges.
As it always goes with travel you may never need any of these precautions...but it is far better to have everything in hand and ready to help than for your boyfriend to be turned back at the airport.
Hope this helps!
[ Edit: Edited on Dec 8, 2006, at 5:40 PM by erino ]
i think your best bet i sjust not to declare it i never told them i had any and neither did any of my friends and we passed through with no problem.
good luck though
Personally I think it depends on what the conviction was for.
I feel that your best bet is to be honest up front - it would be terrible if he arrived here only to find that he was returned on the next flight.
Why don't you contact the Australian Embassy and ask. Make sure you get the name and title of the person you spoke to just in case there is a problem later on.
If you are happy with the answer you could always get them to put it in writing and get your boyfriend to carry this with him when arriving.
Hope all goes well with your trip.