08 April 2005

Australian visa made easier under Special Humanitarian Program

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The Australian Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs (DIMIA) has said in a statement people wanting to support relatives to come to Australia under Australia’s Special Humanitarian Program will now find it easier to apply for a visa.

Relatives and friends of Australian citizens from countries in Africa and the Middle East People who are subject to substantial discrimination in their home country, can now lodge their applications with a DIMIA office in Australia.

This will see faster and more efficient communication between the Department and proposer, leading to faster processing times.

Since 1 April 2005 all Special Humanitarian Program visa applications from any country in Africa must be lodged in Sydney, while Special Humanitarian Program applications from the Middle East must be lodged in Melbourne.

Applications will be processed where they are lodged.

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