It wont affect any other country your going to as there is no international database of illegal immigrants and you havent broken the law in any other country.
Anyway thousands of people overstay their visa each year so your not alone.
Since your leaving the country its probably only going to be treated as a small indescretion you should contact dimia and get a bridging visa that allows you to leave the country , if you write to immigration and explain the cirxstances you probaly will still be allowed into australia again at some time in the future.
Edited by rambler1 - 03/January/2009 at 14:23
Luke 11 46: Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! For you load men with burdens that are difficult to carry, and you yourselves won't even lift one finger to help carry those burdens.
I can answer the original question with accuracy as a former Northern Territory Police offer, where Police in the NT are Immigration Agents and have dealt with this exact situation a number of time.
What will happen is this....
Upon attending an Immigration Official at the airport, any person overstaying their visa will be directed to a room to speak with an immigration officer in greater detail. At that moment, you are in custody, but not under arrest. You are not free to leave, and must answer a large number of questions.
You say you overstayed a working visa. . That's bad for you.
You will most likely be arrested, detained for further interviews which are not brief. Normally you will be held for several hours for interview. The outcome of the interview determines what happens next.
Regardless of which way they go, being they allow you to leave or the deport you, you will have missed your flight.
If deportation is considered or is to be done, expect to be in custody for as much 3 - 5 days.
The other option is just to hide within Australia, wait until they catch you, definitely get arrested, and definitely spend days in custody and definitely get deported.
I am reminded of one individuals case where the man did everything right, except he overstayed his visitor visa by 3 days.
The man was flying from Ayers Rock to Sydney, via Alice Springs. His flight out of Australia was per-booked from Sydney. While packing to leave, he noticed his visitor visa had expired 3 days earlier. He telephoned Immigration to advise them and ask for advice. He was advised to speak with an Immigration Officer at Alice Springs upon his arrival while waiting for the connecting flight to Sydney.
He met with an Immigration Officer at Alice Springs where he was spoken to briefly, then taken into custody and handed over to Police who held him in the Police lock-up for 2 nights. He was interviewed further. He then was put on a plane in custody to Darwin where he was held in custody for a further 3 days before being put on a flight to London from Darwin. He was deported, and refused reentry for 3 years.
He was apart from being deported, sent the bill courtesy of the Australian Government via the British Government - Darwin To London via Singapore about $3000, $175 per night for each night in detention, plus the airfare from Alice Springs to Darwin. The earlier fare he prepaid/prebooked from Alice Springs to Sydney then to London was unrefundable.
I note the original poster says he is flying out tomorrow (Wednesday). Good Luck !!
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