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No of Opportunity 15000
Province or State Australia
The Australian Government has announced that it will provide 15,000 places for Afghan nationals, who are in need to be evacuated, through Humanitarian and Family Visa programs over four years.
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Humanitarian and Migration Program places for Afghan nationals:
On 21 January 2022, the Australian Government announced it will provide 15,000 places for Afghan nationals, through our Humanitarian and Family Visa programs over four years. This reflects a sustained commitment following Australia’s two decades of operations in Afghanistan.
This allocation includes 10,000 offshore Humanitarian Program places over four years to Afghan nationals. This number includes 5,000 places in the 2021-22 program year. This is 2,000 more than the 3,000 places announced on 18 August 2021.
Based on current trends, it is also estimated that approximately 5,000 visas will be granted to Afghan nationals within the Family stream of the Migration Program over the next four years.
Within the 10,000 places under the Humanitarian Program, priority will be given to:
- former Locally Engaged Employees (LEE) and their immediate family members;
- subclass 449 holders (current and former) and their immediate family members;
- those with enduring links to Australia, such as Afghans who were employed by Australian non-government organizations or worked on Australian Government funded projects, and Coalition partner LEE and their immediate family; and
- women and girls, ethnic minorities, LGBTQI+ and other identified minority groups.
These priority groups are in addition to the existing priorities in Australia’s offshore Humanitarian Program, which include split families, those with close ties to Australia, and those with proposers residing in regional Australia.
Afghan nationals are also able to pursue other migration pathways to Australia depending on their circumstances, including through the Community Support Program, the Skilled Refugee Labour Agreement Pilot, the Family stream, and skilled visa categories. More information is provided below and at Explore visa options.
People who have already applied for an Australian visa and have not yet received a decision do not need to apply again. All on-hand and new visa applications will be processed in accordance with Government announcements and within program priorities.
We know this is a distressing time for many people, including the Australian Afghan community, and ask for patience with visa application processes.