Immigration visit to south west NSW

Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) officers will visit south-west NSW from March 18-21 to provide immigration information to people who have overstayed their visas, as well as local service providers and community leaders.

A team from the department’s Community Status Resolution Service (CSRS) section will be available to provide a range of information and advice to local communities around Buronga, Euston, Murray Downs and Moama.

“The department’s regional CSRS outreach program enables people in communities outside capital cities, who do not have a valid Australian visa or are currently on a bridging visa, to speak face-to-face with an immigration officer about specific issues they might be facing,” a departmental spokesperson said.

“In addition to providing information, DIAC staff will, where appropriate, be able to grant a short-term bridging visa to people while they sort out their immigration matter.”

The DIAC team will be joined by staff from the International Organization for Migration (IOM), an independent organisation which 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 spokesperson said.

Individual appointments will be available at the Alcheringa Sporting Club, Carramar Drive, Buronga, from 9.30am to 4pm on March 18.

DIAC staff will also be available at the Euston Oval Community Centre, off Carey Street (Sturt Highway), Euston, from 9.30am to 4pm on March 19.

They will also be available at Swan Hill Conference Centre, Lot 5, Murray Downs Drive, Murray Downs, from 9.30am to 4pm on March 20.

The team will also be available at Moama Bowling Club (The Pavilion), 6 Shaw Street, Moama, from 10am to 4pm on March 21.

To book an appointment, contact the CSRS on 02 6195 6146 or email sam.purse@immi.gov.au. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Media Enquiries: National Communications 02 6264 2244

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