Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Devastated...

SIGN... I keep delaying this post thinking that there maybe a chance of giving you guys a good news but it turns out to be a bad one. Basically, I'm 'supposed' to fly off to Australia this coming Friday to attend my good Aussie friend's wedding ceremony in Brisbane and do some traveling in West Australia (to swim with whale sharks) and Northern Territory (to play with crocs) for the next four weeks. Unfortunately, my visa application was rejected by the Australian Embassy because I had overstayed in the country for a month while I was working-holidaying there in 2007.

Of course, I'm VERY disappointed that I won't be seeing my Aussie friends and doing all sorts of fun things Down Under until December 2010 (yes, they barred me from entering Australia for THREE bloody years) but I certainly understand and accept the reasons behind the rejection. Fortunately, Virgin Atlantic allows me to change my booking to an open ticket, which mean I'll be able to rebook another journey on any flight within one year. So it's not all bad, I suppose.

My reflection? Well, you can mess with an Aussie immigration officer (in private) but never ever mess with the Aussie immigration rules!

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

You are very lucky they didn't just let you come and then arrest you in customs. They did just that to a business partner who overstayed his work visa. He was in jail for 10 days before his first hearing. It cost $20,000 in legal and court costs before he was deported back to the USA and he can never return. He had a condo in a high rise with $60,000 in furniture and a BMW....all which he forfeited.

Count your blessings. Sorry you can't make the trip. It is beautiful there for sure.

lord_heka said...
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Kian said...

Dam, and here i thought i lived in a chill country, o well maybe next time? :(

littlemass said...

yew. pretty tough - but I know the US is much much tougher - and unforgiving. business travel back and forth from Canada has become a headache for many. but hey - pour a pint and put something on the barbie. [is that too cliche?]

mauricio said...

why, come to brazil!

lvted said...

Hmm.. so sad to hear that. Well, you could change to other interesting place as well. :)
p/s: like your 'reflection'. hahaha...