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I am applying to be a refugee in Australia

I came by boat

This factsheet is provided by Refugee Advice & Casework Service, a legal organisation that helps refugees in New South Wales. It was last updated in November 2019.

If you came by boat on or after 13 August 2012 and before 1 January 2014, your application will probably go through a process called ‘fast tracking’ This factsheet explains how the ‘fast track’ process works, and describes the steps that can be taken should a visa application made under the fast track process be refused.

Read the factsheet

Getting help

Most states have an organisation that provides free services to refugees coming by boat. Most of these will list the times that they can help you (sometimes over the phone, sometimes in person). You can see a list of the community legal organisations that can help you for free below, with links to information about how to get help.

If you can afford to, you can also find a registered migration agent.

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