Canadian deported after exceeding 776-day stay
A Canadian citizen with the initials AO was deported by Denpasar Immigration Detention Center for forgetting to extend his visit visa, causing him to stay longer than 776 days.
According to the head of the regional office of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights in Bali, Anggiat Napitupulu, the Canadian citizen arrived in Bali at I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport using a visa-free visit for a holiday.
“The visa-free visit itself is valid for 30 days, and from the arrival of AO until the expiry of the validity period of the residence permit, i.e. April 15, 2020, the person concerned does not have left Indonesian territory,” he said. said.
When questioned by immigration officials, AO admitted that he did not extend his residence permit because he did not know the information until the COVID-19 pandemic. At the height of the pandemic, visa-free visit holders had to do an extension ashore, where the visa extension had to be done at the local immigration office to obtain an extension of the residence permit.
For his negligence, he was found to have violated Section 78(3) of the Immigration Act Number 6 of 2011, which meant he should be deported.
“Even if he argues that this is due to his negligence, immigration can still perform immigration administrative actions that are consistent with the principle of ignoranceia legis neminem excusat (ignorance of the law does not excuse)” , Napitupulu said on Friday, July 8, 2022. .
Class I Immigration Office Ngurah Rai handed AO over to Denpasar Immigration Detention Center on June 3 to be held for 35 days and complete administration before finally being deported on July 8, at 8:40 p.m. , Bali local time.
AO’s deportation was carried out by Royal Dutch Airlines which flew through I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport in Bali with flight number KL 836 for Denpasar in Amsterdam and KL 671 for the Amsterdam-Montreal route.
Napitupulu said two officers from the Denpasar immigration detention center were closely guarding the Canadian in Bali until he was deported. After being deported, he will then be placed on a ban list by the Directorate General of Immigration of the Indonesian Ministry of Law and Human Rights.