IARC provides a range of free resources to help the community better understand Australian immigration law and know their rights.

Often people only need information, rather than personalised advice, to better understand their situation. Sometimes the information that you need can be found in IARC’s fact sheets without the need to book an appointment for tailored, personalised legal advice.

Part of IARC’s mission is to advocate for a fairer immigration system and we do that, not only by offering advice and information to clients who can’t afford private migration agents, but also by engaging with public policy and law reform debates.

Prospective Marriage Visas


This information sheet may be relevant to you if you are over the age of 18 and intend to marry an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible NZ citizen.


Partner Visa Applications in Australia

SUBCLASS 820/801

Information about how to apply for a partner visa if you are onshore.


Partner Visa Applications outside of Australia

SUBCLASS 309/100

Information about how to apply for a partner visa if you are offshore.


Breakdown of Relationship – Partner Visas

SUBCLASS 820/801, 309/100 AND 300

This information sheet may be relevant to you if your relationship with your sponsor for a partner visa has broken down.


Policy and law reform submissions

Draft National Plan to End Violence Against Women and Children 2022-2032

28 February 2022

Nearly 50% of the work we do at our centre is related to DFV, and in 2020/2021 IARC provided over 1100 individual legal services to more than 350 temporary visa holders experiencing family violence.


Migration Amendment (Protecting Migrant Workers) Bill 2021 [Provisions]

28 January 2022

This joint submission with Unions NSW draws on the knowledge gained from our Visa Assist partnership to offer recommendations to improve working conditions for migrant workers.


Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee Inquiry into Family Migration

03 May 2021

On 3 May 2021, IARC made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s inquiry which is looking into the efficacy, fairness, timeliness and costs of family reunion visas.


Department of Home Affairs’ Consultation on English Language Requirements for Partner Visa Applicant and Sponsors

31 March 2021

We believe that the proposed reforms will make it harder for temporary visa holders who experience family violence to seek help. We also believe that the reforms are unnecessary, unfair and discriminatory.



IARC Impact Statement 2021-2022

Impact Statement


IARC Annual Report 2019-2020

Annual Report


IARC Annual Report 2018-2019

Annual Report


IARC Annual Report 2017-2018

Annual report