New deportations from Bali: illegal work, overstay, and lack of funds

On February 21, 2024, the regional office of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights in Bali, with the assistance of the Denpasar Immigration Service, deported a 54-year-old Australian woman with the initials TAW. The deportation was carried out in accordance with Article 75(1) of Immigration Law No. 6 of 2011.
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The Australian citizen was deported after the immigration service examined her business activities. TAW, who had been residing in a villa in the Kediri Tabanan area since 2020, possessed an investor visa (KITAS), but it was revealed that she was using it improperly. Such a visa does not permit employment, but often owners of investor KITAS engage in work activities despite the restrictions.
Denpasar Immigration Chief I Nyoman Gede Arta stated that TAW's deportation serves as a warning to other foreigners in Indonesia who may be working illegally or violating other immigration rules.
Another individual, a German with the initials BK, was also deported due to overstaying. It is essential to set reminders on your phone for visa renewal and expiration dates to avoid situations like BK's, who overstayed for more than two years.
Recently, a 61-year-old Belgian retiree with health issues, identified as PGMG, was deported despite having a valid retirement visa. Authorities decided to revoke his right to reside in the country and deported him back to Belgium due to financial problems. At the time of his arrest, he had only 200,000 rupiahs in his account and had lost his passport in 2023. PGMG lived off his pension, but apparently, it wasn't sufficient to cover medical expenses.
Another elderly foreigner, this time an American named MOM, who possibly did not receive a pension, was detained by police in Ubud for begging. Authorities noticed him after receiving reports from locals that he frequently asked for money at supermarket entrances, disturbing the Balinese. After 70 days, he was deported back to the United States, and the cost of the ticket will eventually be reimbursed to the American authorities.
Another U.S. citizen, RMW, 45 years old, was sent home for overstaying, though he could have avoided deportation by paying a fine of 15 million rupiahs. He refused to pay and insisted that he purchased an e-Visa, attempting to extend his stay. Officers patiently explained that this visa is used for entry from outside the country, not for internal extensions, and he was sent back to the USA. It's worth noting that the fine for each day of overstaying is one million rupiahs.
Sources: baliprawaradetikantara
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