If you didn’t know, a report in June revealed that more than 64,000 people overstayed their visas in Australia, with Malaysians making up the highest number on that list. A spokesperson for the department confirmed that Malaysia topped the list, followed by China, USA, UK, and India.
Between 2016 and 2017, the Department of Home Affairs kicked out or placed under detention 15,885 people who had overstayed their visas.
Source: Visit Melbourne
Now, it has become difficult for Malaysian tourists to enter Australia due to the visa abuse cases.
In a report published on September 24 by an Australian-based news site, news.com.au quoted a source from the Malaysia consulate in Sydney saying that more Malaysians are being turned away at the airport, despite having the necessary visas approved before departure.
“They call us expecting us to help them get in but there is nothing that we can do once the decision to deport them has been made by the authorities.”
The source claimed that some Malaysian visitors also applied for protection visas because of economic hardship, which makes it harder to enter Australia.
These protection visas grant access ‘to all facilities’, including unlimited working rights in Australia for Malaysians.
There were also a number of visa scams that we reported to have taken place. The spokesperson said,
“These scams may take the form of agents offering visas and flights to Australia for people to work illegally.
“The Australian government is concerned that many Malaysians are being taken in by these scams and appeals to Malaysians to understand what their visa allows them to do.
“Visitor visas, including ETAs (Electronic Travel Authority), do not provide work rights in Australia.”
Source: ABC News
This is mainly due to Malaysians taking on jobs as fruits pickers – without proper work permits.
Source: Tabloid Jubi
On the other hand, several Malaysians who live in Australia were quoted in the report claiming that their family members have faced stringent checks at the airport when they were going to visit, which resulted in their flight tickets going to waste.
The spokesperson begs to differ and said in the report,
“Australia welcomes around 400,000 Malaysians to Australia every year for study, business, and tourism purposes, but we also have robust processes in place to ensure people do not exploit our visa system.”
The spokesperson added that people need to make sure they hold the correct type of visa before traveling to Australia.
Please don’t abuse your visa and make it hard for the rest of us to visit the country! What are your thoughts on this?