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Information on resettling in Australia

This page gives you information on resettling in Australia as a refugee.

How can I apply to come to Australia as a refugee?

There are different ways people can come to Australia as a refugee:

  • the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) can refer a person to be resettled to Australia
  • a family member can sponsor a person, or
  • a member of the Australian community can sponsor a person.

Every year, Australia decides how many people it will take from overseas. There are many more people who want to come to Australia than are accepted. Even if people are accepted by Australia, it can take years for this to happen.

This video was published by the Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS), a legal organisation that helps refugees in Queensland.

This video talks about how to apply for an offshore refugee or humanitarian visa.


Be careful who you talk to about resettling in Australia. All resettlement services by UNHCR and the International Organization of Migration are free. There are people who might pretend to help you get resettled in Australia.

Resettlement fraud

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