We don’t work with refugee visas. Why?

People ask me many times, so I decided to tell you the truth! Why do not we work with refugee and humanitarian visas?

Let me start from the bottom.

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At the very beginning of my career as a migration agent in Australia, I was engaged in volunteering – I worked in a multicultural organization that assisted refugees mainly under visa SC 202 visa (Global Special Humanitarian visa) from countries like Iran, Iraq, Afghanistan, etc. People have to register as refugees in a third country and wait for their visa to be processed for several years.
My task was to complete the relevant forms to bring refugees’ relatives in Australia.

Meanwhile, I would like to tell you about the second popular visa SC866 (Protection visa), which works different way than visa SC202. You can apply for it from Australia only.

After the application is validly made, you can legally stay in Australia waiting for a visa decision. Unless prioritized by the Government, the visa processing time is around 3-5 years and there may be a very small chance to get it, since the visa is very tricky.

So, why don’t we work with refugee visas?

In general, working with humanitarian and refugee visas is a huge (when I say huge, I mean HUGE!!!) piece of knowledge. It includes not only knowledge of the legislation and visa criteria, which is actually the top of the iceberg and every migration agent must know this.

The agent / lawyer / specialist who is dealing with protection / humanitarian visas must have very deep knowledge and understanding of the country profile where the client is coming from.

Obviously, lawyer has to conduct deep research of the historical, cultural and moral country heritage in order to maximize chances of success for the visa application.

By the way these criteria stay not only for time of application but for time of decision. As soon as the reason of the “escape” (for example, a military conflict) is over, the probabilities for a positive decision of the Department are getting lowers – there is no migration / refugee case anymore.

Unfortunately, sometimes refugee cases and stories are invented or fiction, so the Department officers always check protection visa applicants very carefully. You need to have a very solid case to get a positive decision from the first time.

As part of the classic pathway of protection visa, applicants have to describe their cases, but also attend an interview after a few years. The personal interview is conducted by specially trained officer to recognize a false case.

Only a highly specialized professionals (I would say specialised lawyer is the best option) can correctly assess the refugee / protection case from the very beginning. If the visa application is refused, this professional can represent the client interests in court or appeal in tribunal to finalize it positively.

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In my opinion, migration lawyer/agent should work either with humanitarian / protection visas or all other migration programs and visas. I am convinced that it is impossible for the only one specialist to have developed deep knowledge about everything.

Especially when it requires serious involvement in all processes:

  • Legislation is constantly schanging; we are reading it. As I said earlier, information from the Department’s website is not enough.
  • We follow all Parliamentary hearings and petitions that may directly or indirectly relate to migration issues, family matters, employment or migrant skills assessments.
  • We constantly improve our skills, attend training CPDs and communicate with colleagues to share our experience.
  • We are in touch with our clients every day, constantly working to keep you up to date with the latest news and motivate each of you to achieve your goals.
  • I’m also studying to be a lawyer, I’m a mother of three, a wife and just a person who also sometimes needs a day off.

Well, do you think I answered the question “why don’t we work with refugee?”

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