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criminal record and student visa for Australia

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1. Posted by justine356 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 7y


I'm French, I'm supposed to go to Australia next year through an international exchange program.
I did the same kind of thing last year, I went to the US (Arizona), where I got arrested for petty theft (shoplifting). I went to court, I paid all the fines I had to.
What is going to happen about my visa application for Australia? I'm very worried because this bad thing happened only a year ago (so it's not like it was centuries ago). I know that it's advised to disclose everything up in front, but I read on the Australian imigration department website that you have to provide criminal records for all countries where you stayed a year or more. whereas I stayed only 9 monthsin Arizona, what should I do?
I'm completely lost. This was the most stupid thing I have ever done, I'm so ashamed.
Do I have to provide the US record? If I don't, I guess that they'll find out anyway.
I really don't know what to do.
(this was my first trouble with law, I had never done anything before and my record in France is empty)

2. Posted by Cool Paul (Travel Guru 611 posts) 7y

you'll fit right in, in OZ......zing!


if it says 1 year and you only stayed 9 months here than I would assume you don't have to mention it. but maybe someone else here had a similar problem in the past.

3. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4817 posts) 7y

As far as I understand things (I am not a lawyer, this is not legal advice), shoplifting is classified as a misdemeanor, not a felony (as long as you didn't steal hundreds of dollars worth of goods), and I suspect a single misdemeanor conviction wouldn't get your visa application denied.

To get more certainty, what I'd recommend doing is to call the Australian department of immigration, and just ask them. They're generally found to be very helpful, and if you don't provide them with your name, there's no way they can tie your question to your application if you for any reason decide to not follow their recommendation.