Immigration to visit south-west NSW

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers will visit south west NSW from May 13 – 16 to provide immigration information to people who have overstayed their visas as well as local community leaders and service providers.

A departmental spokesman said the Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS) outreach program enables people in regional communities, who do not have a valid Australian visa or are on a bridging visa, to talk with an immigration officer about specific issues they might be facing.  

“Where appropriate, officers will also be able to grant short-term bridging visas to people while they work through their immigration matter,” the spokesman said.  

They will be joined by staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an independent organisation that provides assistance for eligible people to return home. IOM staff will be available to discuss the services they provide and who is eligible.

“The department is committed to ensuring the integrity of Australia’s migration and visa programs. People must have a valid visa to remain in the country,” the spokesman said.

Individual appointments will be available at the Midway Community Centre, Midway Drive, Buronga from 2.30pm to 8.30pm on May 13 and the Alcheringa Sporting Club, Carramar Drive, Buronga from 9am to 12.30pm on May 14.

They will also be available at the Euston Oval Community Centre, off Carey Street (Sturt Highway), Euston from 2.30pm to 8.30pm on May 15 and from 9am to 12.30pm on May 16.

To book an appointment, contact the CSRS on 02 6195 6146. Walk-ins are also welcome.

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