Voluntary returns

Want to talk to someone about home?

If you are thinking about returning home you might be eligible for some assistance to depart Australia. You can talk to an immigration case worker or the International Organization for Migration (IOM) at any time to discuss your options.

If you are considering returning home, it is important to remember the decision to return is yours. You need to consider the policy of the government in relation to your prospects of settlement in a country other than Australia.

The type of assistance you will receive varies depending on your individual circumstances.

International Organization for Migration

IOM provides returns services for people choosing to return home voluntarily. This assistance is available to eligible people through IOM's Assisted Voluntary Return (AVR) and Reintegration Assistance (RA) programmes.

You can talk to IOM about its returns services at any stage of your immigration process, IOM will be able to discuss your options and help you understand what type of assistance you may be able to receive.

Assisted Voluntary Return

When you talk with someone from IOM, they can provide you with returns information and offer returns counselling.

If you are eligible for assistance, IOM can also help you organise travel documents and make transport arrangements, including organising your plane ticket.

Your discussion with IOM is confidential and is designed to help you make informed choices about your future.

Reintegration Assistance

If you are an asylum seeker who arrived in Australia by boat - without a valid visa and choose to return home voluntarily, you may be eligible to gain access to IOM's reintegration assistance service.

When you arrive in your country of return, IOM may be able to provide this additional assistance to help you re-establish your life and settle back into the community.

More information about returns assistance is available at www.iomaustralia.org.

The Return home voluntarily video explains this process.

Stories of returning home

Alvan and Mahdi have returned home—read their stories to find out what it was like for them.

From the community

Lebanese community leaders, Dr Jamal Rifi and Mouataz (Mark) Zreika, visited the offshore processing centre in Manus, Papua New Guinea to speak to Lebanese asylum seekers about options for voluntary returns.

Last reviewed Friday 8 August 2014