Community Support Programme
The Community Support Programme (CSP) enables communities, businesses, families and individuals to collaborate in sponsoring persons to arrive in Australia, integrate and achieve financial independence.
IOM, as an Approved Proposing Organisation (APO), can propose eligible persons to apply for a Subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian Visa and upon the grant of the visa, help them to travel to Australia, to settle and to achieve financial independence. IOM works with the Australian supporters, settlement service providers and employers during the application stage and post-arrival stage. The Australian supporters can be relatives, community organisations, businesses or registered charities who aid the applicant(s) to gain self-sufficiency and finance the costs relating to the service.
- What are the eligibility criteria for an applicant?
If you are an applicant who wishes to apply for CSP, or a family member, business or registered charity who wishes to sponsor an applicant, please check whether the primary applicant satisfies the following eligibility criteria:
- Demonstrate the applicant’s capacity to satisfy all Class XB Subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian Visa criteria (living outside the applicant’s home country and subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of his/her human rights in the home country).
- Be between 18 and 50 years of age.
- Have an offer of employment (or a pathway that leads to employment).
- Personal attributes that would enable them to become financially self-sufficient within 12 months of arrival.
- Willingness to live and work in regional or rural Australia (outside Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Gold Coast and Perth).
An applicant who has already sourced an organisation or an individual to act as the Australian supporter can submit a preliminary assessment to IOM. If the assessment is positive, IOM will invite the applicant to provide an Expression of Interest (EOI). IOM would usually expect the applicant to already have an Australian supporter.
- How can IOM help?
As an APO, IOM assists applicants from the assessment stage till an applicant becomes financially independent in twelve months from arrival. The process map sets out the work carried out by IOM at each stage. IOM can assist eligible applicants and their Australian supporters in the following ways:
- Assess the Australian supporters, employers and the applicants through an Expression of Interest.
- Draft a visa application based on information provided by the applicant after meeting /communicating with all parties to the application.
- Finalise and lodge a visa application, liaise with IOM missions in the country where the CSP entrant resides on a needs basis, follow up and communicate the outcome.
- Coordinate with IOM missions in the country where the CSP participant resides to arrange health assessment, departure formalities, domestic and international transportation, pre-embarkation orientation, assistance en route, and prepare Humanitarian Settlement Providers to receive the visa holders in Australia.
- Monitor the progress of the CSP participant and engage with the Australian supporter, employer, humanitarian service provider throughout the 12-month period.
- What is the role of the Australian supporter?
- Australian supporter(s) could be relatives, community organisations, businesses or registered charities who enter into an arrangement with IOM to support the applicants and usually finance the costs relating to the service. They would provide support in following ways:
- introducing clients to IOM
- setting up employment pathways for applicant
- paying costs relating to the services provided
- providing an Assurance of Support (AoS)
An applicant may need one or more Australian supporters depending on the size of the applicant’s family. An eligible Assurance of Support provider can only assist two adult applicants. If you/your organisation has identified an applicant to support through CSP, please complete the free initial assessment form and submit it to IOM. IOM will invite you to submit an Expression of Interest if the initial assessment is positive.
If you/your organisation wish to act as an Australian supporter for an applicant, please submit a preliminary assessment form to IOM to commence the process. If the assessment is positive, IOM will invite the applicant to provide an Expression of Interest. If you wish to be involved in this programme, however, do not have a particular applicant identified, please contact us to discuss how you could get involved.
- How can an employer get involved in the CSP?
- IOM and the Australian supporters will reach out to employers who are able to provide assistance to applicants with sustainable employment to create a pathway to financial independence in 12 months. Employers can also act as Australian supporters by introducing clients to IOM. If your organisation has identified an applicant to support through CSP, please complete the preliminary assessment form and submit it to IOM. IOM will invite you to submit an Expression of Interest if the initial assessment is positive. If you wish to wish to be involved in this programme, however, and do not have a particular applicant identified, please contact us to discuss how you could get involved.
- What does the process cost?
- The cost of the process varies depending on the family size, location of the applicant, medical conditions and location of settlement. The Department of Home Affairs Visa Application Charge for CSP is comprised of two parts:
- AUD 2,955 per application is required at the time of application, and
- An additional AUD 16,444 for the primary applicant and AUD 2,680 for each family member is required before the visa is granted.
IOM’s service fees are AUD 10,200 for the primary applicant and AUD 2,550 for each additional applicant. The fees cover the costs of assessing the case, assisting with reintegration plan, lodging a visa through a registered migration agents, assisting with contacting HSP providers and settlement services.
A schedule of possible costs and details on Assurance of Support can be found on the process map.