IMPORTANT – Applying for a SHEV

Safe Haven Enterprise visaSHEV

There are two types of protection visas available for people who arrived in Australia seeking asylum: Temporary Protection visas (TPVs) and Safe Haven Enterprise visas (SHEVs).

Extract from Information provided by the Combined Refugee Action Group (CRAG) – 18 Feb 2017

If you are an asylum seeker in Australia

and 

1. You haven’t told DIBP (Immigration) that you are working on your visa application

or

2. You didn’t receive an invitation letter asking you to apply for a TPV or a SHEV
THEN YOU MUST CONTACT DIBP IMMEDIATELY.

This information says that if DIBP don’t hear from you, then they will assume that you don’t want to apply for protection anymore.

You can call Immigration, or email tpv.lodgements@border.gov.au and give:

  • your name
  • client identification number
  • boat identification number; and
  • the reason why you haven’t lodged an application yet.

Please, everyone check with their friends about this and make sure that they have either submitted their application, or have notified DIBP that they are working on it.

And sorry about the use of the word ‘illegal’ – You have a perfectly legal right to be here and the government knows it.

From the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website

Failure to lodge a visa application and maintain contact with the Department of Immigration and Border Protection will be taken as an indication that you no longer intend to seek protection in Australia.

This might affect your support services, including income support and could also impact your Bridging visa.

IMAs who do not lodge a TPV or SHEV application are expected to leave Australia.

Read more at:

http://www.ima.border.gov.au/en/Applying-for-a-protection-visa/Safe-Haven-Enterprise-visas

Applying for a SHEV

If you have not yet made a valid application for a protection visa

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has lifted the application bar for the vast majority of IMAs in Australia and invited them to apply for a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or a Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) in Australia.

IMAs are now expected to lodge an application for a TPV or a SHEV to present their claims for protection and resolve their status in Australia.

IMAs who have not received their invitation to apply letter are not prevented from lodging an application.

Failure to lodge a visa application and maintain contact with us will be taken as an indication that you no longer intend to seek protection in Australia. This might affect your support services, including income support and could also impact your Bridging visa. IMAs who do not lodge a TPV or SHEV application are expected to leave Australia.

If you are unable to lodge an application immediately, you must contact us and provide the reasons why, and include your client and boat identification numbers, name and date of birth.

Make sure that you have provided your most recent address and other contact details to us by calling 1300 728 662 with your name, date of birth, boat identification number, home address and contact phone number.

Information on how to apply and the application forms are located in the Protection Application Information Guides.

If you want to apply for a SHEV, you will then need to complete and lodge the SHEV application form (form 790—Application for a Safe Haven Enterprise visa). Do not lodge a TPV application form (form 866—Application for a protection visa) if you want a SHEV.

Do not lodge applications for both a SHEV and a TPV. If you do, only the SHEV application will be processed.

It is important for you to keep your contact details current with us. This includes the address where you live and your phone number so we can contact you with important information about your immigration status. Remember, this is also a condition of holding a bridging visa and being able to live in the community

Read more at:

http://www.ima.border.gov.au/en/Applying-for-a-protection-visa/Safe-Haven-Enterprise-visas

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