South Australia to receive immigration visits

Date: May 07, 2012

Officers from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) will be visiting South Australia later this month to provide advice to those who are unsure of their current status.

Representatives will be visiting Waikerie on May 16 and Berri on May 17, which may encourage a meeting with an immigration lawyer to discuss any points that are raised.

The meetings are expected to help anyone not currently in possession of an Australia visa, or who may be concerned about their immigration status.

Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS) will be on hand at both the meetings to discuss the various options available to those hoping to move to Australia on a more permanent basis.

A spokesperson from the DIAC said that every effort is made to ensure that migration and visa programs maintain their integrity and that everyone has a valid visa that allows them to remain in Australia.

"Our officers will be available to provide a range of information on departure and visa options and explain how the decisions you make now can affect your choices later on," they commented.

Figures from the DIAC show that in the last financial year, 133 individuals were discovered to be working illegally in South Australia

The majority had arrived in the country on student or visitor visas.

The CSRS program has been developed to help people in communities outside capital cities to realise how the decisions they make in the present day can impact their choices later in life.

In the majority of cases, short-term bridging visas can be granted in order to help those who are struggling to cope with their immigration issues.

Individual appointments can be made at the Waikerie Council Chambers from 12:00 - 17:00 local time on May 16.

Those interested in attending the Berri meetings have the opportunity to make an appointment in the silent reading room at Berri Library and Information Centre on May 14 between 12:00 and 19:00.

A similar session is to be held in Darwin on May 8, during which DIAC representatives will be on hand to discuss changes to the skilled migration program.

Several changes will come into effect on July 1, when a new online service will be launched to connect Australian employers with skilled migrants.

It is hoped the service will make it easier for those who are already in Australia or on temporary 457 visas to gain permanent residency.