Great news for asylum seekers living in Canberra, who can now access visas with a pathway to permanent residency.
The Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) was designed to encourage asylum seekers who arrived by boat to work or study in certain parts of regional Australia. As well as Canberra, the SHEV Program also applies in Tasmania and some parts of New South Wales.
Under the visa, refugees can access Medicare, receive some social security payments and access up to 510 hours of English language tuition.
Unlike temporary protection visas (TPVs), refugees who work or study in a designated area over five years can then apply for other visa types, like partner or skilled visas. ... See MoreSee Less
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