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Visa For Refugees OR Humanitarian Entrant
Date&Written by: (14.10.2006- Karan)

Australian Government is giving Visa to people affected by war, only a limited number of visa will be issued.

Sponsoring (Proposing) a Refugee or Humanitarian Entrant
The term "proposer" is used in relation to offshore humanitarian visas while the term "sponsor" is used for other visa categories. Different levels of support are required of sponsors and proposers.

On this page:
Proposer for a refugee or humanitarian entrant
Proposer obligations
Support for the proposer
Support for the entrant
Application process
Use of a migration agent
Further information

Proposer for a refugee or humanitarian entrant
A proposer is an individual who is an Australian citizen, permanent resident of Australia or eligible New Zealand citizen who agrees to provide a level of
support to a refugee or humanitarian entrant to Australia. An organisation that
operates in Australia may also be a proposer.

A proposer is not a requirement for the grant of an offshore refugee visa. However, a proposer may support a refugee application and this allows for a more accurate assessment to be made of the applicantís settlement prospects in Australia.

For a person to be considered for entry to Australia under the Special Humanitarian Program (SHP), a proposer is required.

A proposer is also required for a person applying to enter Australia as an immediate family member of a holder of a permanent humanitarian visa or a permanent protection visa. In this case, the proposer must be the permanent visa holder in Australia.

Proposer obligations
The obligations of a proposer under the SHP differ from those under the refugee program.

Successful applicants under the SHP or their proposer must pay for the applicant to travel to Australia. For applicants in the Refugee category, the Australian Government pays this cost.

Please note: From 11 May 2004 applicants/proposers under theSHP will not be required to meet the cost of medical or x-ray examinations associated with applications. As with applicants under the refugee category, these costs will be met by the Australian Government. Where a proposer or applicant has already paid costs, no refund will be provided.

An 'applicantí who is granted a visa and travels to Australia becomes an 'entrantí on arrival.

On the entrantís arrival in Australia, the proposer is expected to assist in the settlement of the entrant. The proposer should:

  • meet the entrant at the airport;

  • provide for the entrantís immediate accommodation needs;

  • assist the entrant to find permanent accommodation; and

  • familiarise the entrant with services and service providers such as Centrelink, banks, public transport, translating and interpreting services, health care, permanent housing, education, employment services and childcare.

  • Support for the proposer
    Support is provided to all proposers to assist them to understand their obligations and to respond to the needs of their entrants. This support includes
    information and guidance on how to assist the entrant to settle in Australia, gain access to available services and obtain further assistance if required
    after the entrantís arrival.

    A proposer support provider, in the proposerís State or Territory, will contact the proposer after the applicantís visa application is approved. The
    proposer support provider will give initial information and advise the proposer of further support that may be available.

    It is important that if the proposer changes address, or their circumstances change and they are no longer able to provide support to their proposed entrants, they contact their nearest departmental office immediately. This information is
    essential to ensure that both proposers and entrants receive the services for which they are eligible.

    Support for the entrant
    Refugee and humanitarian entrants are eligible to receive initial settlement assistance under the Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy.

    Fact Sheet 66,Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy.

    Application process
    Refugee and Humanitarian visa applications that are accompanied by a proposal form and made by persons from any country in Africa or the Middle East must be
    lodged at a designated DIMA office in Australia. The Lodgement Information Sheet,Lodging a Class XB Visa Application inAustralia(87KB PDF) has details on the specific countries and the office addresses to which the applications must be sent.

    The following refugee and humanitarian visa applications must be lodged at the nearest Australian mission overseas:

  • applications that are not accompanied by a proposal form and made by people in any country in Africa or the Middle East; or

  • applications made by people outside these countries, whether the application is accompanied by a proposal form or not.

  • The proposer commences the application process by completing Form 681,Refugee and special humanitarian proposal.

    If the application must be lodged at an Australian mission overseas, the proposer forwards the completed Form 681 with supporting documentation, and Form 842, Application for an offshore humanitarian visa, to the applicant. The applicant then completes the application and submits all documents to the
    Australian processing mission overseas.

    If the application must be lodged in Australia, the applicant must send the completed Form 842 and supporting documentation to the proposer in Australia. The proposer will then send a completed Form 681, the completed application Form 842 and supporting documentation to the relevant processing office in Australia.

    On receipt of the application, the processing office provides acknowledgment advice to both the proposer and applicant, and commences processing the application. It is important to note that the processing of applications can take several months, or longer. If the application is being processed overseas, the overseas post deals only with the applicant. DIMA officers in Australia may contact proposers from time to time to clarify details in the proposal and to assess the level of support the proposer is able to provide to the applicant.

    Use of a migration agent
    Proposers and applicants are not required by law to use a migration agent to assist with their application; however, a migration agent may be used. A list of registered migration agents is available from the Migration Agents Registration Authority or departmental offices.
    Migration Agents Registration Authority
    Office and Contact Details in Australia

    Further information
    Fact Sheet 60Australia's Refugee and Humanitarian Program
    Fact Sheet 66Integrated Humanitarian Settlement Strategy
    Information form 964iEntry to Australia - offshore humanitarian program (60KB PDF file)
    Form 842 Application for offshore humanitarian visa (140KB PDF file)
    Form 681 Refugee and special humanitarian proposal (100KB PDF file)

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