The Immigration Advice and Rights Centre (IARC) is a specialist, not-for-profit community legal centre (CLC) with over 35 years’ experience in migration law and policy. 

IARC’s vision is for a fair and just immigration system for everyone, regardless of means. IARC assists migrants experiencing vulnerability in NSW by providing free legal information, advice, and casework services. 

Our clients are financially disadvantaged, come from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and often speak little or no English. Many experience multiple layers of disadvantage including homelessness, low education levels, and disability. They have often experienced torture or trauma. Almost half of our clients have experienced, or are at risk of, family violence. 

IARC also provides community legal education (CLE) services, undertakes law reform and policy activities, and collaborates with other organisations in the legal and social justice/human rights sector on individual matters and systemic issues. 

IARC has three core projects: 

Immigration and Domestic Violence
IARC assists people on temporary visas experiencing domestic and family violence with immigration or citizenship matters. People on temporary visas are at heightened risk of domestic and family violence because their visa status is often linked to their relationship with a violent partner.
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Visas and Citizenship
IARC’s general practice provides information, referrals, advice, and representation in the following areas of immigration law: Family visas like Partner, Child, Parent, and Carer visas; Visa cancellations; Australian citizenship; Refugee and Humanitarian visas; Protection visas; and other temporary visas such as Bridging visas and Visitor visas.
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Visa Assist
Visa Assist is delivered in partnership with Unions NSW and aims to empower migrant workers to enforce their workplace rights by providing expert immigration advice to union members. Migrant workers may be afraid to speak out about wage theft, harassment, or exploitation in their workplace for fear of having their visa cancelled and being detained or removed from Australia.
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To get legal advice, please complete our online enquiry form.  If your enquiry relates to Visa Assist, please visit our Visa Assist page to learn more.

If you are a caseworker or professional looking to refer a client to IARC for advice, please visit our referrals page for more information.

IARC receives funding from the NSW Government through the Community Legal Centres Program administered by Legal Aid NSW.