The laws and procedures by which you can apply for refugee status are very complicated. If you are a person seeking asylum or refugee seeking legal assistance, we ask that you consult these pages and our FACT SHEETS to inform yourself of the legal options available to you. If you have any questions, please contact RACS.

– updated July 2017

  • If you have received an invitation to apply for a Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) CLICK HERE.

  • Find information on our Outreach Services HERE.

  • If you cannot attend one of our Outreach locations or your matter is urgent please call us for telephone advice on 02 8355 7227.

Please note, if our  lawyer will see you for an appointment in person. You will need to bring ALL your documents with you when you visit, including:

  • ID documents – passport, birth certificate, driver’s licence, etc.
  • Documents that support your claims for protection.
  • Decision records.

If we are unable to help you with casework, we may refer you to other services available to you or you can use our FACT SHEETS as a guide through the application process.

What we do not do

RACS will not assist you in applying for visas that do not involve claims for refugee status in Australia. or with bringing family members to Australia for those who hold a permanent protection visa. For free general immigration advice contact the Immigration Advice and Rights Centre at: Level 5, 362 Kent St Sydney; Tel (02) 9262 3833 (Tues and Thurs 2-4pm);

RACS does not generally provide advice about judicial review in the courts of decisions of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (‘AAT’).  RACS has a judicial review referral service for certain people seeking asylum who arrived by boat known as fast track applicants who have received a negative Immigration Assessment Authority (‘IAA’) decision or who have been refused a TPV or SHEV and then been excluded from review in the IAA. The service is called Justice for Refugees or ‘J4R’.

RACS is unfortunately only able to take on a few cases due to our limited capacity. If we are not able to formally represent you for this reason, we can provide you with advice in relation to your case.


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