Humanitarian Migration Program
This applies to both temporary and permanent protection visas under the humanitarian stream for eligible applicants. The Refugee and Humanitarian Migration Programs are designed for people who are in need of protection.
Refugee Visas are for people who had fled their home country, escaping persecution because of race, religion, nationality, membership of particular social group or their political opinion and it’s unsafe for them to return. Applicants under this visa category must either apply through United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) or directly to the Australian embassy.
Humanitarian Visa applicants must be proposed by a relative or friend who’s already an Australian citizen or permanent resident living in Australia, or by an eligible community organization in Australia.
This visa class is also available to immediate family members of people who have migrated to Australia under the Refugee or Humanitarian Program.
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Important Information about Receiving Immigration Assistance © immi.gov.au
In Australia, only people registered as migration agents can give immigration assistance to people who want to enter or stay in Australia.
It is a criminal offence for an unregistered person to provide immigration assistance or to advertise migration services. Penalties include fines and imprisonment.
If you choose to use the services of a migration agent make sure they are registered by visiting www.mara.com.au or phoning 1300 22 62 72.
What are the dangers of using an unregistered person?
Unregistered people could:
What are the benefits of using a registered migration agent?
Registered migration agents are required to:
Reporting unregistered people
If you make a report about an unregistered person, this will not affect your visa application in any way. Any information will be treated in confidence.
You can make a report by phoning the department free of charge on 1800 009 623
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