Re-entry ban or exclusion period

Re-entry ban or exclusion period

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Re-entry ban or exclusion period

A re-entry ban means a person may not be allowed to return to Australia for up to three years. A re-entry ban may be imposed when a person breaches their visa conditions:

You overstay your visa by more than 28 days
Your visa is cancelled because:
You provided false documents or false information to the Department of Home Affairs
You are considered to be a risk to the health, safety or good order of the Australian community
You are convicted of an offence against a law of the Commonwealth, or Australian statet.
You are found to have breached a visa condition or you hold a student visa but have failed to maintain appropriate enrolment, breached another visa condition, or have been found not to be a genuine student.
You hold a visitor visa but were found not to be in Australia as a genuine visitor.


Does the re-entry ban apply to all visas?
Re-entry bans are mostly imposed on applications for temporary visas. The ban does not prevent you from seeking a permanent visa.

Can a re-entry ban be removed?
No. A re-entry ban cannot be removed. If you apply for a temporary visa and you have a re-entry ban, you may ask to have the re-entry ban put aside for that application only. Requests will only be considered if you can prove there are compassionate or compelling circumstances that affect the interests of an Australian citizen or permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen.

How do I avoid a re-entry ban?
If you comply with the conditions of your visa and maintain a valid visa while in Australia, you are not at risk of a re-entry ban.

What if I depart Australia with a bridging visa?

If you hold or have held a Bridging visa C, D or E that was granted more than 28 days after your substantive visa expired (such as a student or tourist visa), a three-year re-entry ban may apply.