Providing advice, assistance with applications, lodgment of applications and finalisation of the application process
The Australian Refugee Association has been delivering migration services to its clients for over 15 years. We have a small team of registered migration agents who provide advice and assist people in applying for visas, residence and citizenship applications. All of our migration agents have both experience and expertise in migration matters and are registered to deliver the services with the Office of Migration Agents Registration Authority (OMARA).
Our team works on various visa applications for clients within Australia who are looking to propose and sponsor their families living overseas. At ARA we value and understand the importance of family reunification and the importance of having access to migration advice during the settlement process.
ARA can assist with the following applications:
refugee and asylum seeker
family, child and spouse
For more information regarding the migration services provided by ARA, please contact our migration administration officer on (08) 8354 2951 to arrange an appointment with one of our migration agents.
Refugee and Humanitarian Visas
Special Humanitarian Program
ARA can assist an Australian proposer to apply for the Global Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 202) through the Special Humanitarian Program.
In order to be eligible for this program, the applicant must be:
outside Australia (offshore)
living outside their home country
subject to substantial discrimination in their home country amounting to a gross violation of their human rights
proposed by an Australian citizen or permanent resident, an eligible New Zealand citizen, or an organisation based in Australia.
There are no costs associated with lodgement of the subclass 202 visa, however, there may be costs associated with the engagement of ARA migration support services.
COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM
ARA is an Approved Proposing Organisation(APO) under the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Community Support Program (CSP). CSP enables communities, business owners, families and individuals to propose humanitarian applicants with employment prospects and support them in their settlement journey in Australia. To be considered for the program the Australian proposer must demonstrate their ability to adequately support the new arrivals to achieve financial self-sufficiency within their first year of settlement in Australia.
As an APO, ARA will work alongside the Australian supporter to provide the required settlement services to new arrivals, to ensure they meet the self-sufficiency requirements of their first year in Australia.
THE ROLE OF THE AUSTRALIAN SUPPORTER
Australian Supporters can either nominate a refugee for proposal under the CSP and/or are required to demonstrate their capacity to propose and provide financial support to applicants included in the visa in order for the new arrivals to achieve financial stability within their first twelve months in Australia. The Australian Supporter will be required to collaborate with ARA throughout the application and settlement process to ensure efficient and timely lodgement and integration into Australian society.
In order to be considered as an Australian Supporter, the person must:
not be an illegal maritime arrival who arrived in Australia after the 13th August 2012
provide evidence of ability to support all applicants upon arrival in Australia
provide financial support and contribute to the payment of all visa application fees and APO fees
Provide alternative support to applicants including household goods, accommodation and in-kind support
Provide or source an Assurer of Support to provide financial sponsorship for the application.
CSP applicants must align with the regional, global and settlement priorities of the Australian Government, and be able to satisfy all Class XB (subclass 202) visa criteria.
Potential CSP applicants are not required to have existing links to Australia, and can be identified by an individual (such as a family member in Australia), a community organisation or a business with an interest in supporting refugees (known as an ‘Australian Supporter’) or by the APO.
The APO will screen potential applicants and Australian Supporters against the requirements of the CSP and ensure suitable support is available for the applicant before proposing the applicant/s by lodging a Class XB (subclass 202) visa application.
The main applicant should:
be aged between 18 and 50
have adequate English
have an offer of employment (or a pathway that leads to employment) or have personal attributes that would enable them to become financially self-sufficient within 12 months of arrival in Australia
be from a priority resettlement caseload.
COSTS OF THE COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM (CSP)
In order to support the applicants upon arrival in Australia, the Australian Supporter must demonstrate that they have the capacity to cover all application and settlement costs associated with the CSP.
The Australian Supporter will incur costs for things such as:
visa application charges
medical and DNA screenings
An exhaustive list of potential costs incurred is available for all Australian Supporters who are successful with their expression of interest form.
As the global refugee crisis continues to intensify around the world, we as an organisation encourage the Australian public to participate and provide support.
You can do this by:
providing financial support for new arrivals within the first 12 months of settlement in Australia
being a visa sponsor
providing employment for a potential visa applicant
providing in-kind support upon arrival in Australia
providing accommodation or basic needs support.
As one of the key criteria for this visa is an offer of employment, or a pathway which leads to employment, ARA encourages any businesses, partnerships and sole traders to extend their support to our organisation and potential applicants. We welcome inquiries from businesses that are willing to provide employment to applicants with the relevant skills and/or qualifications.
Please note, all employers must be aware that they must comply with all Fair Work Legislation related to matters which affect employment and must adhere to the National Employment Standards within the Fair Work Act 2009.
Please contact our office if you feel your workplace or organisation can assist in providing support to applicants under this program.
EXPRESSION OF INTEREST
The Expression of Interest (EOI) Form is an initial assessment undertaken by ARA. The Australian Supporter is required to complete the EOI and submit it for assessment with the EOI payment. The EOI informs ARA of your intention to participate in the CSP and allows ARA to assess the circumstances of the Main Applicant and the Australian Supporter against the eligibility criteria and requirements of the CSP.
How to lodge an Expression of Interest
The EOI can be lodged online, via email or in person. All EOI lodgements must be accompanied by a payment of $275.
The EOI is only available in English. If you have trouble submitting the EOI by yourself, please visit ARA’s help desk for assistance. ARA staff can support you in the completion and submission of the form, and provide interpreting services if necessary.
Family, Child and Partner Visas
ARA will provide support to Australian proposers through various reunification streams. These include:
split family application for immediate family members of Protection visa (subclass 866), Refugee visa (subclass 200, 201, 202, 203, 204), Resolution of Status visa (subclass 851) holders
temporary and permanent applications for de-facto partners and spouses of Australian citizens or permanent resident holders
prospective marriage application for any person intending to marry their prospective spouse (Australian proposer) within nine months from the date of grant of visa
child applications for dependants of Australian citizens or permanent resident holders
orphan relative for children under the age of 18 with no parent to care for them with a relative who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident holder
parent applications for applicants with children who are Australian citizens or permanent resident holders
ARA can support applicants who wish to visit Australia temporarily through:
tourist stream application which allows applicants to visit Australia as a tourist, to go on a cruise, or to visit family and friends
sponsored family stream application which allows applicants to visit their family members residing in Australia
business visitor stream application which allows individuals to visit Australia for business purposes
ARA can support permanent resident holders or New Zealand citizens to apply for Australian Citizenship. In order to meet eligibility criteria, an applicant must:
be a permanent resident of Australia or a New Zealand citizen
have been living in Australia for the past four years
be a good character in accordance with the Department of Home Affairs definitions
have knowledge of Australia, Australian democratic beliefs and the Government and Law in Australia
have basic knowledge of the English language
intend to live in Australia or maintain a continuing association with Australia