Home Affairs: Immigration & National Security

Home Affairs brings together Australia's federal law enforcement, national and transport security, criminal justice, emergency management, multicultural affairs and immigration and border-related functions, working together to keep Australia safe.

Migrating to Australia (as a migrant or refugee) means travelling to Australia with a visa that gives you the right to live permanently in Australia.

There are two programs designed to help people wanting to come to Australia permanently. One is the Migration Program which is made up of:

a skill migration stream, which has a number of categories for people who have particular occupation skills, outstanding talents or business skills;

a family migration stream, where people can be sponsored by a relative who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident;

special eligibility migrants, who are former citizens or residents wanting to return to Australia, or certain New Zealanders.
The second program is the separate Humanitarian Program which is designed for refugees and others in special humanitarian need.

You can obtain detailed information about any of these categories from this website, by reading the pages about the category which interests you. Please read this information carefuly before making any contact with the Department.

Previously Department of Immigration and Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs


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