Malaysians are highest Visa overstayers in Australia: DHA

Malaysians are highest Visa overstayers in Australia: DHA

Malaysians are the highest Visa overstayers in Australia as per the Home Affairs Department of Australia. Currently, there are 62,000 visa overstayers in Australia and Malaysians are the largest numbers.

The DHA has revealed that just in the period between 2016 and 2017, around 10,000 Malaysians had overstayed their Australia visas. These were followed by Chinese with 6,500 and the US nationals with 5,000 overstayers.

The previous list for Visa overstayers in Australia was topped by the UK nationals, as quoted by the NST. In the period 2016-17 the DHA had deported or placed under detention 15, 885 overstayers.

The immigration authorities in Australia have said that more than 2/3rds of the total overstayers arrived via legal visas. However, these remained for more than 24 months even after the expiry of their visas. It has also been reported that 20,000 of the total overstayers are working in Australia.

70% plus visa overstayers were residing on the expired visitor visas. Around 15% were on the Australia Student visas and 3% on the Working Holiday visas.

The total percentage of visa overstayers in Australia has increased by 6% in the last 5 years.

Suresh (name changed) a 28 year Malaysian national has revealed to SBS News as to what it is like being a visa overstayers. He said that he exits from home just to go to work and is constantly living an edgy life. This is especially so when the police are around, he adds.

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