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Immigration outreach officers to visit NSW North Coast

Immigration outreach officers to visit NSW North Coast

North Coast residents will have the opportunity to discuss their immigration issues face-to-face with Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) staff when officers visit the region next week (August 23 to 25). A spokesman said the department’s regional visits program enables people outside capital cities to talk directly with an immigration officer about individual issues or questions.

North Coast residents will have the opportunity to discuss their immigration issues face-to-face with Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) staff when officers visit the region next week (August 23 to 25).

A spokesman said the department’s regional visits program enables people outside capital cities to talk directly with an immigration officer about individual issues or questions.

“Our regional visits attract a variety of people, ranging from small business owners who may be having difficulty finding local staff with the right experience, to students and individuals who are seeking advice,” the spokesman said.

“While the department provides information on the phone or on the internet, some people may not be aware of recent policy changes or prefer to speak to officers face-to-face.”

The department particularly wants to encourage long-term residents of Australia to consider taking the final step in their immigration journey by becoming an Australian citizen.

Immigration outreach officers can assist people on topics, including citizenship, working visas, visas for family members, partner visas and the process for proposing refugees.

Regional employers who are interested in sponsoring overseas workers can make an appointment with Stephen Romano from the department on 0401 998 817, while appointments to discuss other visa or citizenship matters can be made as follows:

Lismore:
Immigration officers will be available for an appointment in Lismore on August 23 from 9am-3pm. Appointments will be at the office of Janelle Saffin, MP, Member for Page, 61-63 Molesworth Street, Lismore. Bookings are essential – phone 02 6621 9909.

Grafton:
Immigration officers will be available for an appointment in Grafton on August 24 from 9am-midday. Appointments will be at the office of Janelle Saffin, MP, Member for Page, 3/57A Prince Street, Grafton. Bookings are essential – phone 0437 303 875.

Coffs Harbour:
Immigration officers will be available for an appointment in Coffs Harbour on August 24 from 2-5pm and August 25 from 9am-5pm. Appointments will be at North Coast Settlement Services, Coffs Commercial Centre, 1 Duke Street, Coffs Harbour. Bookings are essential – phone 02 5612 1372 or 0409 394 940.

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