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Migration Advice

The Legal Services Commission offers a free legal advisory service to immigrants and refugees through its Adelaide office.

Our migration legal advisory service includes the provision of information and advice (but not representation) regarding:

  • permanent protection visas;
  • onshore partner visas for someone who has left a relationship due to family violence, or for someone who has had a child with the person who sponsored them; and
    • refusals of these classes of visa by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal;
  • 'split family' humanitarian or family stream visas for recent humanitarian arrivals*;
  • visa cancellations, or refusals, based upon a failure of the character test;
  • preliminary advice on citizenship (we cannot assist however with the completion of the application form which remains the responsibility of the applicant).

All assistance provided to people by the migration legal advisory service is subject to a merits test, as funding is limited and new matters can only be accepted within the capacity of the migration lawyers. If our service is unable to assist, our staff will attempt to make a referral to another appropriate provider.

Please note: this service does not extend to advice for all visa types, for example we generally do not assist applicants for student or skilled visas.

For an appointment please telephone 8111 5539. Interpreters can be arranged for those who need them, and should be requested at the time of booking an appointment. 



Proposing family under the Special Humanitarian Programme.

People who are recent arrivals in Australia under the government’s Special Humanitarian Programme may wish to make an application on behalf of other family members. There are rules about who may be eligible and who can act as a proposer. Detailed information can be found at the Special Humanitarian Programme website page of the Department of Home Affairs.

Applications are given priority according to the closeness of the relationship between family member and proposer. Where the person proposed is considered to be immediate family it is not necessary for them to be living outside their home country as a refugee. They will be assessed under the ‘split family’ provisions and given a higher priority by the Department.

All non-immediate family members are eligible to apply only if they are living away from their home country and can demonstrate an inability to return due to a fear of persecution or substantial discrimination. Detailed reasons are necessary. Applications are now lodged online refer: ‘Subclass 202 Global Special Humanitarian Visa’ on the Department’s website.

The migration legal advisory service can provide free advice about eligibility to propose family members under the Special Humanitarian Programme, and will attempt to provide minor assistance for those applications which fall within the ‘split family’ provisions, but this will be subject to our capacity at the time that the request is made.

Applications falling outside the ‘split family’ provisions (i.e. non-immediate family) are generally not eligible for free assistance due to our limited resources and the low prospect of success.