World Youth Day Pilgrims On Expired Visas

World Youth Day pilgrims on expired visas

The Herald Sun
October 02, 2008 12:01am

MORE than 30 pilgrims who visited Sydney for World Youth Day are still here, although their visas have expired, the Department of Immigration said.

There are 974 Catholic pilgrims remaining in Australia following the July festivities, with 740 holding visas which remain valid from when they arrived.

A further 203 have applied to have their visas extended but 31 pilgrims are here unlawfully.

They are now being told to contact immigration authorities or face deportation.

Yesterday Immigration Minister Chris Evans said: “The number overstaying continued to rise as their three month visas expired.

“Some are still partying and looking to enjoy Australia – others will be seeking asylum.”