Im wanting to head to Australia around Sept of 07. Im pretty sure i have a criminal record as i got charged for illegal weapons a few years ago. I had martial art weapons that are not allowed in Canada ( pretty dumb charge if you ask me ) but anyways is this gonna prevent me from getting a 1 year holiday work visa? Or maybee i need to apply for a pardon?
If it matters im 26 male from Canada. Thanks fellas.
The working holiday maker visa info can be found here: http://www.immi.gov.au/visitors/working-holiday/index.htm. If you're a Canadian, you're probably after a subclass 417 visa for up to 12 months, working for 3 months for any single employer at a time (check this - it changes).
and info on criminal convictions can be found here: http://www.immi.gov.au/faq/general/general04.htm#q5
Basically (and I'm not a migration expert or immigration person, so don't count on this!) you MUST declare your past convictions on your visa application, or you'll automatically be in breach of your conditions of entry if it becomes known later - that means they can detain you and deport you even if you haven't done anything wrong in Australia on the basis that you lied on your visa application.
Just because you've got a criminal conviction, doesn't mean you are automatically refused a visa. After all, convicts made up a big part of our heritage and recent history.
Good luck with it all!
Hi, your info was so useful for Rob and I was just wondering if you knew anything about my prediciment; I've recently obtained a criminal record for theft from employee AFTER getting my australian visa, should I call them, or will I have to reapply for a visa?
Hi Greeno, you must tell them about your conviction as you will definatly be turned back at the airport if found out, i would suggest you E-mail the Ausi consulate in London and they will be able to help you out, Don't JUST GO IN IGNORANCE. they heard it all before and are trained to catch you out. Good Luck.