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Protection visa for a current student. Advice please


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Old 12-29-2009, 06:52 AM
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Protection visa for a current student. Advice please

25 year old university student. Visa expiring in 2011 after studies and seeking to apply for protection next year on genuine grounds of being gay. Originally from west Africa so fears severe state-sanctioned persecution and hostility on return to Africa. Please share your knowledge: any need for a migration agent for this visa application? what are possible expectations with regards to documentation of proof? any experience in this field please? thanks guys!


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Old 12-29-2009, 12:29 PM
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It'll probably be a good idea to get advice from an agent rather than rely on a forum suggestions for this one.





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Hi uni_student,
If homosexuality is state sanctioned and socially unacceptable you have a great chance of qualifying for a protection visa. What sounds strange is that you plan to do it in the future rather than now, the earlier you apply the more credible it looks.
Wanderer is right, maybe you should consider getting professional help mainly because a lot of personal details need to be disclosed before anyone can give you advice. Generally, you don't need to provide a lot of proof of how you would be treated in your country if you belong to a particular group, DIAC has that information already and they source extra information from reliable independent sources, such as United Nation, human rights organisations and the like. However, you have to provide some information of your own source of fear of persecution (eg. you saw a gay person in your town being spat at, not being able to get a job, your family has told you not to come back because they they had been threatened, etc). In relation to proving that you are gay you also have to disclose a lot of personal information, details of your relationships, medical reports, counselling reports, possibly statements from your partner/s, etc. You see that this is not something that you would want to discuss publicly on this forum. Your whole application/claim is based on detailed personal circumstances. Let us know which state you are in and we might be able to suggest some contacts that will be able to help.
Hope it helps a little.
Dorota


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Hi uni_student,
If homosexuality is state sanctioned and socially unacceptable you have a great chance of qualifying for a protection visa. What sounds strange is that you plan to do it in the future rather than now, the earlier you apply the more credible it looks.
Wanderer is right, maybe you should consider getting professional help mainly because a lot of personal details need to be disclosed before anyone can give you advice. Generally, you don't need to provide a lot of proof of how you would be treated in your country if you belong to a particular group, DIAC has that information already and they source extra information from reliable independent sources, such as United Nation, human rights organisations and the like. However, you have to provide some information of your own source of fear of persecution (eg. you saw a gay person in your town being spat at, not being able to get a job, your family has told you not to come back because they they had been threatened, etc). In relation to proving that you are gay you also have to disclose a lot of personal information, details of your relationships, medical reports, counselling reports, possibly statements from your partner/s, etc. You see that this is not something that you would want to discuss publicly on this forum. Your whole application/claim is based on detailed personal circumstances. Let us know which state you are in and we might be able to suggest some contacts that will be able to help.
Hope it helps a little.
Dorota
Thanks so much guys. I really appreciate the helpful advice so far.

I have been speaking to a migration agent in Melbourne (where I live and study) and I may hire his services for this if necessary. Or perhaps just seek his advice and proceed with it myself. I kinda feel it may look more genuine if I apply without an agent. I'm not sure though. I intend to send in my application once I return from my UK winter holidays in late Feb 2010.

I agree with you Dorota. There's a lot of vetting of my person that the department would have to do I suppose. I just need to make sure that I get everything right. I don't expect it to be busy.

I live and study in VIC as I mentioned earlier. Please give me more guidance or referral if you can. Many thanks!


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