Australia could become the first country to be completely Kim Kardashian-free. After three separate incidents which would imply she lied to authorities about her visa, she's been put on the Immigration Department watch list pending investigation. The Daily Telegraph
reports that authorities from the Immigration Department became involved when they noticed that, during her latest trip to Australia, she did heavy promo work for a line of handbags she'd just launched.
This in itself wouldn't have been a problem of course, had not Kim previously told authorities in her visa application that she wanted to visit the country as a “tourist.”
According to the British publication, this was the third time that Kim had pulled the same stunt only that, this time, she got caught because of the media attention the visit received, having been made right after she filed for divorce from Kris Humphries in the US.
“The launch of the range at Hugo's in Kings Cross attracted worldwide headlines and coverage – and did not go unnoticed at the Department Of Immigration in Canberra,” says the Daily Telegraph.
“We're told a subsequent investigation found her two previous visits – in 2007 and last year – were also for business purposes. She was here to promote Blonde beer and her TV show,” adds the same media outlet.
For the time being, Kim can still go to Australia if she so desires, but her visit will be “closely monitored,” so writing in her visa application she's a “tourist” if she's there on business will simply not do anymore.
Contacted for comment, the Immigration Department refused to tackle the question directly, but did issue a statement. If you read between its lines, the Daily Telegraph suggests, you can see where authorities stand on Kim Kardashian's attempts to deceive them.
“People who enter Australia must abide by the conditions of their visa. If people are undertaking work in Australia they need to be on an appropriate visa with work conditions attached,” the statement reads.
“If people do breach conditions of their visa, then the department can counsel them or cancel that person's visa... and the department may record their breaches and immigration history. Their history would then be taken into account if they apply for another visa to enter Australia,” it further says.
Right now, a canceled visa to Australia is one of Kim's least concerns since it looks like the divorce battle is just kicking up gear, as we also noted
the other day.