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AUSTRALIAN HIGH COMMISSION
Due to the ongoing protests in Islamabad, there will be delays with visa processing and meeting our service standards. Visa operations at the Australian High Commission will fully resume once the protests have finished.
Limited telephone operators are on duty from 0830 to 1200 to take calls regarding urgent visa applications.
- 20 August 2014 - The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Wednesday, 20th August 2014
- 7 August 2014 - VACANCIES: Visa Processing, Administration, and Integrity Case Officers
- 16 May 2014 - Media Release - Australia’s Foreign Secretary engages high level talks with Pakistan
Bio of Foreign Secretary Mr Varghese
- 10 April 2014 - ‘Australia Day in Spring’ returns to Lahore in 2014 with the theme: ‘Celebrating Australia’s Indigenous Heritage’
- 8 April 2014 - ‘Australia Day in Spring’ returns to Karachi in 2014 with the theme: Celebrating Australia’s Indigenous Heritage
- 8 April 2014 - Australia – Pakistan Online Alumni Business Forum launched in Pakistan
- 4 April 2014 - Australian farmers lend a helping hand to Baloch farmers
- 31 March 2014 - End of taxpayer funded immigration advice to illegal boat arrivals saves $100 million
Operation Sovereign Borders
- 22 May 2014 - The first group of thirteen assylum seekers have been settled in Nauru and another 40 will be settled by the end of the month. Find out more on the link below.
- On 15 May 2014, Commander Operation Sovereign Borders Joint Agency Task Force delivered a speech at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, entitled “Operation Sovereign Borders: Initial Reflections and Future Outlook”. A transcript of the speech can be found online at: http://newsroom.customs.gov.au/releases/transcript-operation-sovereign-borders-initial-reflections-and-future-outlook
- 9 May 2014 - Media Statement - Twenty Weeks Since Last Successful People Smuggling Venture
- 9 May 2014 - Media Statement - Operation Sovereign Borders - Joint Agency Task Force update
- 20 December 2013 - Commander Operation Sovereign Borders Video Message about combating people smuggling
- 4 December 2013 - Media Release - Australia tougher than ever on illegal boat arrivals
- Operation Sovereign Borders is a military-led, border security operation supported and assisted by a wide range of federal government agencies.
The OSB Joint Agency Taskforce (JATF) has been established to ensure a whole-of-government effort to combat people smuggling and protect Australia’s borders.
Please visit Operation Sovereign Borders page for further information.
Counter People Smuggling Communication
The Australian Government has introduced a tough new policy for managing illegal maritime arrivals by boat to Australia called Operation Sovereign Borders (OSB).
OSB is a military-led border security initiative to stop the boats, to prevent people risking their lives at sea in the hands of criminals, and to preserve the integrity of Australia’s immigration program.
The new policy introduces a rapid transfer process where asylum seekers are transferred to either the country of Papua New Guinea or country of Nauru within 48 hours of arrival in Australia. The new policy also includes the expansion of processing centres in both locations as well as the turning back of asylum seeker boats.
The OSB Joint Agency Taskforce is delivering a range of offshore communication activities to inform people considering coming to Australia illegally by boat that the rules have changed and they will never get to Australia.
Please visit Counter People Smuggling Communication page for further information.
- 21 October 2013 - Sri Lankan Boat Arrivals Returned to Colombo
- 23 September 2013 - Australian High Commissioner Condemns Senseless Attack in Peshawar
- 30 August 2013 - Fourteenth group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 29 August 2013 - Thirteenth group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 28 August 2013 - Family groups returning to Sri Lanka
- 28 August 2013 - Twelfth group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 27 August 2013 - Eleventh group sent to PNG under regional settlement arrangement
- 26 August 2013 - More families transferred to Nauru for processing
- 24 August 2013 - Second families transferred to Nauru under the regional settlement arrangement
- 23 August 2013 - Torres Strait arrivals sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 22 August 2013 - The Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) has released video footage of a group of Iranian transferees at Manus Island who tell of the heartbreak at realising they’d been lied to by people smugglers and that that they will never be settled in Australia. In the video, six men recently transferred to Papua New Guinea under the Regional Settlement Arrangement (RSA) talk about their experiences and tell others not to take the risk of travelling to Australia by boat.
These men are among many others on Manus Island considering returning home. The new footage can be accessed on the DIAC newsroom website via http://www.newsroom.immi.gov.au/videos
- 22 August 2013 - Ninth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 21 August 2013 - First families transferred to Nauru under the Regional Settlement Arrangement (RSA)
- 16 August 2013 - Eighth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 14 August 2013 - Seventh group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 13 August 2013 - Sixth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
- 10 August 2013 - Fifth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
Fourth group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
Third group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
New Arrangement With Nauru Government
Australia and Papua New Guinea Regional Settlement Arrangement
- Second group sent to PNG under Regional Settlement Arrangement
2 August 2013 - The Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship today confirmed the successful transfer to Papua New Guinea of the second group of 39 asylum seekers subject to new regional settlement arrangement.
- First transfer to Manus Island under the Regional Settlement Arrangement
1 August 2013 - The first group of 40 people have departed Christmas Island on July 31 for Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, formally bringing into effect the Regional Settlement Arrangement agreed on July 19. Refugee claims will be assessed under PNG law and, if they are found to be refugees, they will be settled in PNG. This demonstrates that if you come to Australia by boat without a visa, you will not be settled in Australia. Transfers to the Manus Island Regional Processing Centre will continue regularly.
- Press Release on Australia and PNG Regional Settlement Arrangement: English | Dari | Farsi | Pashto
- Fact Sheet on the Regional Settlement Arrangement: English | Dari | Farsi | Pashto
- Advertisement Poster on Australia-PNG Regional Settlement Arrangement: English | Multi-Languages | Dari | Pashto
The Travel Advisory for Pakistan has been reviewed and reissued on Wednesday, 20 August 2014
This Advice was last issued on Wednesday, 20 August 2014. This advice contains new information in the Summary and under Safety and security (anti-government demonstrations are taking place in Islamabad and may occur in Rawalpindi, Lahore and other cities across Pakistan. Australians should avoid all demonstrations). We continue to strongly advise Australians to reconsider their need to travel to Pakistan overall due to the unpredictable security situation, including the high threat of terrorist attack, kidnapping and sectarian violence.
Further information is in the travel advice for Pakistan and our travel bulletin available at www.smartraveller.gov.au.
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