Australian Embassy
Kabul
Afghanistan

Visas and Migration

Operation Sovereign Borders Policy Stands Strong

The Hon Peter Dutton MP

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection

 

25 September 2015

 

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton today reaffirmed that the Operation Sovereign Borders policy has not changed or softened against the backdrop of our humanitarian response to the Syrian crisis or the change in Prime Minister.

“People smugglers will always grasp on to any change in an attempt to exploit vulnerable people, but as the Prime Minister stated this week, we will not tolerate people smuggling and our policy, while tough, must continue,” Mr Dutton said.

“We remain as committed as ever to implementing tough policies that stop vulnerable people being exploited by criminals, prevent further loss of life at sea and ultimately keep people smugglers out of business.

“It remains Australia’s policy to safely turn back boats or send people to another country for processing and resettlement – regardless of where they are from.

“People who attempt to travel illegally by boat to Australia will never settle in Australia and there will be no resettlement of the people on Manus and Nauru in Australia.

“The Government will continue to implement tough measures to protect our borders because it’s very clear that they work.

“I have a very clear message for anyone considering joining an illegal boat venture to Australia – our policy has not, and will not change. The rules apply to everyone, there are no exceptions. The way to Australia by boat remains closed.”

 

Visas and Migration

The Australian Embassy in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan does not operate a visas section and does not process visa applications for people located in Afghanistan. The Australian visa offices in Islamabad, Pakistan and Dubai, United Arab Emirates provide immigration and visa services to clients in Afghanistan.

Travelling without a Visa Label

You need to have a valid visa to travel to Australia. We do not require you to have a visa label placed into your passport for travel to Australia. This is known as \'label-free\' travel, making travel to Australia simpler and more secure.

If you are transiting or exiting through another country, you need to check with the relevant government authorities about whether you need to show a visa label in your passport. We cannot advise you on other countries\' requirements.

More information on travelling to Australia without a visa label and how to confirm your visa entitlements is available.

See: About your visa

Permanent Entry Visas

Partner, prospective marriage, child, remaining relative, carer and aged dependent relative visa applications from Afghan nationals who live in Afghanistan are processed at the Australian Consulate-General in Dubai.  Applications for general skilled, business innovation and investment, Distinguished Talent (subclass 124), Former Resident (subclass 151) and parent subclasses are lodged and processed in Australia.  For Points Based Skilled Migration (subclasses 189, 190 and 489) and Business Innovation and Investment (subclasses 132 and 188) visas you will have to submit a complete Expression of Interest (EOI) and receive an invitation to apply.

See: SkillSelect

Refugee and Humanitarian Visas

Clients from Afghanistan whose application for a Refugee and Humanitarian (Class XB) visa is accompanied by a proposal form (form 681) must lodge their application at the Victorian Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre. This applies to people who are lodging a visa for consideration under the Global Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) or as an immediate family member.

See:
Lodging Certain Humanitarian Applications in Australia
Victoria Offshore Humanitarian Processing Centre

Afghan nationals should lodge all other refugee and humanitarian applications with the Australian Consulate General in Dubai.

See: Contacts – United Arab Emirates

Temporary Entry Visas

Temporary entry visa applications, except those listed below, from applicants in Afghanistan are lodged and processed in Dubai. Student visa applications from citizens of Afghanistan (living in Afghanistan, Pakistan or New Zealand) must be lodged with the Student Visa Centre (South Australia). 

Lodging a Visa Application: Please ensure you have enclosed the appropriate visa application charges. Sponsors can also pay at any departmental office in Australia and include the official receipt with the application.

By courier to:

Australian Visa Application Centre
PO Box 124400
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Citizenship

Applications for Citizenship by Descent can be lodged at the Australian High Commission, Islamabad, Pakistan.

For more information, please visit: www.border.gov.au

If You Go To Australia By Boat You Won’t Be Settled There

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The Australian Government is implementing its toughest border protection measures ever to manage illegal maritime arrivals and combat people smuggling. Operation Sovereign Borders is the Australian Government’s military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, prevent people from risking their lives at sea, and preserve the integrity of Australia’s migration program.

What does this mean for those who travel to Australia by boat without a visa?
There is no way anyone who travels illegally by boat will ever make Australia home. There are two options for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia – they will be intercepted and safely removed from Australian waters or sent to another country for offshore processing. Processing and resettlement in Australia will never be an option. The rules apply to everyone: families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. There are no exceptions. This is the Australian Government’s policy and it will not change.

What if my relatives are already in Australia? Is it any different if my relatives already have a visa or are Australian citizens?
It does not make a difference if you already have family in Australia. The rules apply to everyone who tries to come to Australia illegally by boat.

Will boats be turned around?
It is the Australian Government policy and practice to intercept any vessel that is seeking to illegally enter Australia and safely remove it beyond Australian waters.

The people smugglers told me they use new and different routes to Australia to avoid interception. I have been guaranteed arrival.
The people smuggler’s guarantee is a lie. You will not make it to Australia no matter which way you come.

The people smugglers told me that I would be eligible to settle in Australia.
Do not believe the lies of people smugglers. These criminals will steal your money and place your life and the lives of your family at risk - for nothing. You or your family will not be resettled in Australia. You will be sent to another country for offshore processing.
You risk losing everything, including your life and the lives of your family if you come to Australia by boat without a visa.

What will happen if illegal maritime arrivals make it to the Australian mainland without being intercepted?
Australia’s tough border security measures mean that boats will not make it to the mainland without being intercepted. No matter where they are, if illegal maritime arrivals travelled to Australia by boat, they will be returned to the country they departed from, or transferred within 48 hours to an offshore processing centre in the country of Papua New Guinea or the country of Nauru.
If people try to come to Australia illegally by boat, there is no way they will ever make Australia home.

What are the arrangements between Australia, Papua New Guinea and Nauru?
Australia has agreements with the country of Papua New Guinea and the country of Nauru for the processing of all illegal maritime arrivals - families, children, unaccompanied children, educated and skilled. If an illegal maritime arrival is found not to be a refugee, they will be returned to their home country or a country where they have a right of residence.
Even if they are found to be a refugee, they will not be resettled in Australia.
Offshore processing is a back-stop measure if returning illegal maritime arrivals to the country from which they departed is not possible.
The rules apply to everyone: there are no exceptions.

Does the policy apply to women and children?
Everyone who tries to arrive unlawfully in Australia will be safely removed beyond Australian waters, returned to the country from which they departed or transferred to the country of Papua New Guinea or the country of Nauru. Children and family groups are not exempt from removal or transfer.

What about unaccompanied minors?
There are no exemptions to removal beyond Australian waters or transfer to an offshore processing country.
Unaccompanied minors who have arrived unlawfully in Australia have been removed or transferred to offshore processing countries. This will continue to be the case.

 

MEDIA STATEMENT

Saturday 29 November 2014

PEOPLE SMUGGLING VENTURE RETURNED TO SRI LANKA

The Australian Government continues its close cooperation with the Sri Lankan Government to disrupt people smuggling ventures departing Sri Lanka.

On 26 November 2014 a people smuggling venture carrying 38 Sri Lankan nationals attempting to travel illegally by boat to Australia was successfully disrupted.

Every boat that departs is encouraging people smugglers and their customers to think there is an illegal way to Australia. There is not.

“There are only two outcomes for people who travel illegally by boat to Australia,” Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, The Hon. Scott Morrison said.

“They will be intercepted and either turned back, or sent to another country, either Papua New Guinea or Nauru, for processing and resettlement in that country. Resettlement in Australia is not an option.

“The rules apply to everyone. There are no exceptions.

“This is the Australian Government’s policy and it will not change.”

Australia will continue to work with its regional partners to disrupt people smuggling ventures and protect its borders.

People should not believe the lies of people smugglers and seek to come to Australia illegally by boat. The way to Australia remains closed.