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06 February 2010 :: 14:02:32 pm 12498

Immigration: 90 Day Report Experience

Reporting to Immigration with my documents for my 90 day report, I was told that I had to pay an overstay charge. Asking why, I was informed that when I renewed my yearly retirement visa, I failed to do my report on the same day. I argued my case that I was at the immigration renewing my visa so why did I have to go across the room to report. It was explained that this was the procedure as the report was to the Police and not immigration and that they were two separate departments.
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Of course I still argued that I was ignorant of this and where did it say this was the case.  Any way, I did not have enough money to pay what was required and had to leave my passport whilst going to withdraw the requested amount. 

   
 
I returned a while later and sat whilst the guy (police) again explained the dates and what will be required on my next renewal.  He fiddled about with the paperwork for a few minutes at the same time, asking if I could reclaim the money I had paid him for the over stay.  I told him there was no way it would be reimbursed.  He then asked if I required a receipt while still fiddling with the paper work, to which my answer was yes.  Looking over his spectacles, he asked why I needed a receipt if I couldn’t claim back the money.  I explained that I have receipts for every large sum of money so I can keep check of what I had spent.
 
Then it came….”You want I help you and you help me?”  I must have looked pretty damn stupid to him as I sat there with my mouth literally open and looking at him in a stupefied manner. “Sorry?” I asked him. Again he asked the same question but this time adding that we help each other and go 50/50.
 
I sat there thinking this must be some trick question so I asked again with an apology of “Sorry I do not understand.” Then, as he began trying to explain again in simple English for my simple mind, the penny dropped.  Obviously I wasn’t going to say no when I had a chance of having half my money returned, so now I have joined the ‘Club Corruption.’
 
Joe Davies

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