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1. Posted by bluetimmo (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I am planning to overstay my working holiday visa for three weeks, and I wanted to know that if I got caught, what could happen to me. I won't be working in that period, I just want to stay a bit longer in Australia. I thought that if I had a flight home booked and I then got caught, they couldn't do that much to me, but I could be wrong. Could anyone give me advice??

2. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't be 100% sure on this as I've never done it and I don't know anyone who has but I think if you overstay your visa it will cause great difficulties if you ever wish to return to Oz.

I seem to remember some stories while travelling about people who did this and it went along the lines of, a bit of hassle at the airport and then you technically get thrown out of the country....

I could be wrong though.

3. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

they won't be very happy - you may have problems getting back in to australia in the future if you do this as the previous post says. I heard of someone overstaying for 24 hours because he missed a flight and he had a hassle with immigration even when leaving the country.
can't you just apply for a tourist visa on line in order to extend your stay?

4. Posted by kevandshan (Full Member 142 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Don't overstay your visa if you ever plan on coming back!

This is not flexible, and you will 100% be caught when you leave. When your passport is scanned it will come up and immigration/ customs will have a talk to you.

It depends on what you plan on doing in the future but usually you will receive a 3-5yr ban. This means that you will be prevented from re-entering Australia for that period.

All the best!!!:)

5. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hmm - it seems to be a bit inconsistent, this. A friend of mine overstayed her visa by 4 years, they gave her a 4 year ban, but they seem to give some people 3 years for overstaying by a few weeks......

6. Posted by bluetimmo (Budding Member 8 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I appreciate the help guys; I am not really bothered if the immigration people ban me for five years or so, but will they detain me at the airport so that I miss my flight, or will they give me a fine?? Does anyone know how I can find out my options??

7. Posted by majito (Respected Member 442 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You'll be what's known as an unlawful non-citizen. As such they have to toss you into a detention centre where you will stay until you apply for a visa to allow you to leave the country. And when you try to leave - unless you swim east from Bondi Beach - the immigration officer at the airport is also obliged to detain you.

Go to the nearest office of the Department of Immigration and tell them that your visa is about to expire and you need to apply for a bridging visa so you don't become unlawful.

That's unless you like prison food.

8. Posted by Taffski (Travel Guru 182 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

agree with the other guys not to overstay.

I went to see the immigration guys and they were brilliant (prividing you're honest with them)

for such a short period they should give you a bridging visa or at least put you on a short term tourist visa.

Maybe tell them that sine you've been working in the country you're going to travel for three weeks to spend all your hard earned cash (which is what I'm sure you'll be doing anyway) and they should (Should being the operative word) be OK.

I found them to be more than helpful (IF) you were honest with them also!

Go in and ask them if it was possible (don't tell them you're going to overstay) and then if they say no... what you got to loose by asking ?

Good luck


9. Posted by jasonh2015 (Full Member 156 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Not really about the visa, but my friend took alot of cigarettes in to Australia, and he lied about how many he had. So when checking his bags, they found them, and simply said " if you had told us, we wouldnt make you pay duty, but since you lied we will"

So ask, no harm...of course if you overstay, it might not be just Australia, it might flag up in the US, NZ, UK, because they all share info on people.

10. Posted by queeny (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Yeah, Oz is pretty strict on border control for every aspect.