THE AUSTRALIAN DEPARTMENT OF IMMIGRATION has recognised the enormous crisis that is occurring in Venezuela and has announced that it will grant priority processing for Humanitarian Visa applications logged through its COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM.
With the Venezuelan economy declining at an astonishing rate, the crisis has contributed to one of the largest population movements in Latin American history.
According to the last Australian Bureau of Statistics census, there are about 6,000 Australian residents of Venezuelan origin — one of the largest groups from Latin America.
The COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM makes it possible for people in Australia to support a person in humanitarian need to come to Australia and assist them with their settlement. There are only 1000 visa placements in the 2019 Community Support Program visa program.
The Eastern Christian Welfare Australia Ltd (ECWA), are authorised by the Australian Government to sponsor visa applicants under the COMMUNITY SUPPORT PROGRAM.
The members of ECWA are 9 Australian Christian Archbishops, Bishops and Patriarchal Vicars of various Christian religions.
For Venezuelan’s to apply for a Humanitarian Visa, they must fit the following criteria:
- 1. be aged between 18 to 50;
- 2. be able to speak in English at least a little;
- 3. have a job offer in Australia.
There are substantial costs involved in applying for this visa if you apply through the Community Support Programme. These are:
- 1. first visa application charge of $2,740 at the time of application;
- 2. second visa application charge payable before visa is approved – main applicant: $16,444;
- 3. second visa application charge payable before visa is approved – dependant applicants: $2,680 per additional applicant (e.g. spouse or child);
- 4. ECWA administration costs of $12,500.
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