Australian Senetors to Push for Humanitarian Visas for Afghan Interpreters

Australian Senators will be presenting an immigration proposal in the parliament urging the Australian immigration to bring in hundreds of Afghan interpreters to the country on humanitarian visas as soon as possible. Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, of the Australian Greens, will be introducing a special bill in the Australian parliament proposing humanitarian visa for 600 Afghan interpreters and their families, who have been working alongside Australian troops in the Afghan war, to avoid any life threatening conditions that they might be facing due to their services in the country. The Greens senator also said that she will be discussing the issue with the country’s shadow immigration minister Scott Morrison and the Australian immigration minister Chris Bowen, and is expecting a positive response from both of them. Meanwhile, a special ministerial advisory committee, comprising of 12 members of the country’s Spanish-speaking community, has been created by Australian authorities in order to discuss and present problems related to immigration and multiculturalism of the community to the government regularly. The initiative adds the Spanish community to a list of many other ethnicities in Australia which already have such advisory committees for this purpose.

The Greens senator will be presenting her bill in the Australian parliament to gain official approval for the initiative for her visa program for the Afghans. Sen. Hanson-Young said that, although the initiative will allow a small portion of Afghans who have assisted Australian troops in Afghanistan, it will be a wise use of the country’s resources. Hanson-Young said that 600 Afghans and their families, who have been facing life threatening situations due to the services provided by them to the Australian troops, will be allowed to come to Australia on humanitarian visas if her bill is approved.

“It makes sense,” the Greens senator said, “… if they, because of their work, are now at risk and their families are at risk, that we help them. This would be a mechanism to allow people a safer pathway to be able to rebuild their lives and provide safety for their family.”

The senator said that she will also be taking her proposal to shadow immigration minister Scott Morrison, who himself has been urging the Australian government to give priority treatment to Afghan interpreters in the country’s new offshore refugee and humanitarian programs. She said that she also intends to discuss the issue with the country’s immigration minister and expects that he will share her party’s sentiments for the Afghans.

“Despite all the other fighting over immigration policy,” Sen. Hanson-Young said, “… I would hope this is one area where all three parties would agree it is a good idea.”

Meanwhile, the Australian authorities have recently created a special ministerial advisory committee comprising of 12 members of Australia’s Spanish speaking community. The purpose of the committee, as per the officials, is to air problems related to immigration and multiculturalism of the Spanish speaking minority of the country. As per the rules of the committee, its members will have meetings with immigration minister Chris Bowen, and multiculturalism minister Kate Lundy, twice a year in order to discuss such issues coming, particularly, under the jurisdiction of the Department of Immigration and Citizenship. The country already has similar committees for Chinese, Italian and several other ethnicities in the country, according to immigration officials.

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  1. mohammad Nazir Hemmat on

    Hi dear sir/madam
    my name is Mohammad Nazir i graduated from high school in 2010 since 2010 i have been working with coalition forces in Afghan war to present my life is being grave danger from fear of insurgents in Afghanistan.i am interested to get an Ausralian Visa.
    thanks for assistance

  2. Hello sir/madam
    My name is qais ahmad i have been graduated from high school in 2010
    i am 19 years old.i started working with coalition forces as an interpreter with the US Army.
    for 7 months and i am still doing my job as an interpreter with the US Army i can’t go to my home bcs my life is being danger from fear of insurgents in Afghanistan..i am interested to get an Ausralian Visa.i can provide you documents about my job and recommendation laters that i have been recieved from coalition forces and US Army.
    thank you for assistance

  3. Hi dear Sir/Madam
    my name is naweed student of law in one of the privet university in kabul.I have been working with ISAF and NTMA NATO TRAINING MASION AFGHANISTAN as an interpreter with instructors of ANA afghan national army. as a fact and well documented the interpreters and ISAF soldures are the first target of the Taliban. for me and my family it is a big threat working with the ISAF even now if the ISAF forces are leaving Aghanistan I dont know what will happen to me and my family so I want if Australian Government help to issue me a imgration visa thanks Naweed

  4. Australia Visa for afghans worked with ISAF and NATO forces
    Dear sir/Madam! I have been working with ISAF as an I/T Interpreter Translator since 2009 at different provinces of Afghanistan even I worked at my home town (Ghazni) province with polish and American forces due to repeatedly death threaten messages from insurgents side that they call us infidel’s spy we had no choice but to leave our home so we left every thing that we had such as Home,field,House properties etc… and currently we live some where different I can’t mention the name, so we don’t know how long would we be safe in here, one think that annoys me always is the 2014 issue. when the ISAF leave Afghanistan when I become jobless, now I have lost almost all the rights that a human has on his/her country but I thank GOD that at least have my family safe up to now despite all these bad incidents and now I respectfully request from Australia country to please do not ignore your Afghan allied and safe me and my family’s live. I have more than 20 recommendations and certificates from ISAF high and low rink officers I would present all the documents upon request.to the best of my knowledge as of right now I have a two handred pakistani Rupees reward for my head I have much more issuse for saying about risks that threaten my life in Afghanitan like this but I cannot say them all by a public comment that every one could see so please pave the way for me and let me to talk with your office once closly. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
    Cencerely:
    find me at Email: (ma2.sultani@yahoo.com)
    Phone contact: #(0093 794 734700)

  5. Burhanuddin Rajabi on

    Dear sir/Madam!
    I have been working with Coalition Forces as an Interpreter Translator since 2009 at Wardak provinces of Afghanistan I have been receiving life threate by Enemies of Afghansitan repeatedly I received the messages from Afghan ANP Comandars specially Major Hazrat and local villagers that the nemies of Afghanitan recognized my originty and the Major hazrat told me that do not leave the ISAF camp without scort we had no choice but to leave our home so we left every thing that we had such as Home,field,House properties etc… and currently we live some where different I can’t mention the name, so we don’t know how long would we be safe in here, one think that annoys me always is the 2014 issue. when the ISAF and Coaliation forces leave Afghanistan when I become jobless, now I have lost almost all the rights that a human has on his/her country but I thank GOD that at least have my family safe up to now despite all these bad incidents and now I respectfully request from Australia country to please do not ignore your Afghan allied and safe me and my family’s live. I have more than 20 recommendations and certificates from US Coalation forces high and low rank officers and I am wounded one time with the coalition forces even one of the US Army sergeant know about what have happened to me I have much more issuse for saying about risks that threaten my life in Afghanitan like this but I cannot say them all by a public comment that every one could see so please pave the way for me and let me to talk with your office once closly. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
    Cencerely:
    Burhanuddin Rajabi Please call me to this number 0093790653533 or contact to my email address above

  6. Mr.Senetors

    I been Interpreter/Translator since 2003 in Afghanistan with Coalition forces which include different army from different places.

    As you know better about the situation of Afghanistan and the fear that we have from Taliban,Alqaida or etc.
    I am Kindly requesting to support me in this regard and issue a visa for Australia in order to live in peace and prosperity.

    your help in this regard will be highly appreciated
    Note: guild me how to apply for Australia Visa Program.

    Thanks
    Fazal

  7. tawfiq ahmadi on

    hello dear sir/madam
    i have been working since 2008 with NATO in kabul afghanistan and since i work as I/T intrepretor transolator i cant go to my velige and move aroun secure becuase i stoped many times in my work way and i asked what am i doing insid the bas in suspicuse place of kabul and my responce was that i am labor i dont know who is who and my concern is about after 2014 i dont know am i gona be safe or no and there no job oputunaties.

  8. Hello dear Sir/Madam
    This is Javed

    I been Interpreter/Translator since july 2007 in Wardak,Nagarhar, Logar and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan with Coalition forces which include different army from different places like(Australia police .US army Us marrin and etc.

    As you know better about the situation of Afghanistan and the fear that we have from Taliban,Alqaida or etc.
    I am Kindly requesting to support me in this regard and issue a visa for Australia in order to live in peace and prosperity.
    Thank you so much.
    your help in this regard will be highly appreciated
    Note: please help and guide me how to apply for Australia Visa Program for afghan Interpreter/Translator.

  9. Abdul Tamim on

    Dear Sir// I have been working with isaf 4 year u guys know afghanistan
    situation is bad , i have got reccomendation letters from British &from us army usmc too . thanks could u please help me thanks //

  10. Hahsmatullah on

    I been Interpreter/Translator since 21october 2004 in ghazni ,paktika , kandahar ,jalabad, and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan with Coalition forces which include different army from different places like(US army Us marrin and etc.

    As you know better about the situation of Afghanistan and the fear that we have from Taliban,Alqaida or etc.
    I am Kindly requesting to support me in this regard and issue a visa for Australia in order to live in peace and prosperity.
    Thank you so much.
    your help in this regard will be highly appreciated
    Note: please help and guide me how to apply for Australia Visa Program for afghan Interpreter/Translator

  11. Mohammad Dawood Noori on

    Dear sir/madam
    My name is Mohammad Dawood Noori, I’m from Ibrahim Khail, Kunduz province, Afghanistan.
    I have worked with the Australian forces in Uruzgan province, Afghanistan since 2010 march,
    I’ve got several types of recommendation letters and some certificates, now due to some fear and troubles I can’t stay in Afghanistan, It is very dangerous not only for me, but also for my family, i would like to save my life and get out from Afghanistan, where I feel comfortable.

    Thanks
    Your sincerely,
    Mohammad Dawood Noori.

  12. Omid Hassani on

    Dear sir/Madam

    My name is Omid Hassani, I’m from Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, Afghanistan.
    I have worked with Australian forces since Dec. 2009 till Jul. 2011.
    In Uruzgan province, Afghanistan.
    I’ve got different kinds of certificates and recommendation letters.
    I’ve been threaten many times by insurgents around the area where I live with my family.
    I would like to asylum to Australia and save my life and my family.

    Kindly
    Omid Hassani

  13. dear sir/madam:
    I am abdullah muradi from kandahar afghanistan, I have worked as an interpreter with australian troops TF-U in uruzga afghanistan, from february 2010-may 2010.while I was working with them during the mission i became wouned by the IED explosion and then I quet my job.
    I have a certificate from my team and currently iam working with other ISAF troops south afghanistan, but my life is denger because many time i got threaten and pkone call from Talinan.
    so I want to apply for Humanitarian visas for Afghan interpreters.
    this is my email contact: abdullahmuradi47@yahoo.com

  14. Basir Ahmad on

    dear sir this is Basir Ahmad from Helmand province dear sir i used to work with British army in Helmand province as interpreter job and still know i’m in Kabul dear sir if any chance to give me a visa OF AUSTRALIA or help me to immigrate from here that’s Ur kindness so please when u get my message then please do it some thing or if u want to see my background than u can put in system my L.S.U number this is my L.S.U number HOP u understand my problem thanks

  15. Payman Abasi on

    To Whom It May Concern
    Iam an Afghan local linguist, I’v been working with ISAF US forces since 5th july 2010 in multi provinces. consider the circumstances and life treats that I and my family is facing with, would like to know
    if there is a way to pave the ground for me to move in a safer envoirnment as shelter for rest of my life in your country.
    for more consideration or comments I can be reached via above email add or cell 0776428088. waitting for your reply thanks

  16. please accept my deep respect dear sir/MADAM my name is eisa a afghan cityzan .i was member of those interpreter of ( c.t.u ) combat team urozgan AUSTRAL and U.S in Afghanistan i worked for a few years for NATO and collation force in Afghanistan I joined with them to bring peace for afghan people now my family life big threat and danger form Taliban i ask you to show your Marcy to me and my family please help me dear sir
    i have certificate and recommendation later form them to proof i work with them so i try to talk about this with your embassy in Kabul but i could not
    the security guard did not let me please answer me i waiting for you

  17. Sayed Mustafa on

    Dear sir/Madam!
    I have been working with Coalition Forces as an Interpreter Translator since 2010 still i work with us Army at in Nangarhar and Ghazni provinces of Afghanistan I have been receiving life threate by Enemies of Afghansitan repeatedly I received the messages from taliban , so we don’t know how long would we be safe in here, one think that always is the 2014 issue. when the ISAF and Coaliation forces leave Afghanistan when I become jobless, now I have lost almost all the rights that a human has on his/her country but I thank GOD that at least have my family safe up to now despite all these bad incidents and now I respectfully request from Australia country to please do not ignore your Afghan allied and safe me and my family’s live. I have more than 15 recommendations and certificates from US Coalation forces high and low rank officers and I had 2 time IED one time with the coalition forces even one of the US Army sergeant know about what have happened to me I have much more issuse for saying about risks that threaten my life in Afghanitan like this but I cannot say them all by a public comment that every one could see so please pave the way for me and let me to talk with your office once closly. Your consideration will be greatly appreciated, thanks.
    Cencerely:
    Sayed MustafaPlease contact me to my email address Sayed_royalboy@yahoo.com

  18. Sayed Mustafa on

    Hello dear Sir/Madam
    This is sayed Mustafa
    I been Interpreter/Translator since july 20010 in ,Nagarhar, Ghazni and Kabul provinces of Afghanistan with Coalition forces which include different army from different places like(
    As you know better about the situation of Afghanistan and the fear that we have from Taliban,Alqaida or etc.
    I am Kindly requesting to support me in this regard and issue a visa for Australia in order to live in peace and prosperity.
    Thank you so much.
    your help in this regard will be highly appreciated
    Note: please help and guide me how to apply for Australia Visa Program for afghan Interpreter/Translator.

    Reply
    contact to my email address sayed_royalboy@yahoo.com

  19. Kaihan Shadab on

    Hello sir/madam
    My name is Kaihan Shadab i have been graduated from high school in 2009
    i am 23 years old.i started working with coalition forces as an interpreter with the Australin forces in Uorzgan province
    for 16 months and i am still doing my job as an interpreter with the US Army i can’t go to my home bcs my life is being danger from fear of insurgents in Afghanistan..i am interested to get an Ausralian Visa.i can provide you documents about my job and recommendation laters that i have been recieved from coalition forces and US Army.
    thank you for assistance .
    this is my phone number. 0700843994

  20. Dear sir or madam
    I have worked with Australian forces in Urozgan province but I do not know how to apply the visa process so please send me the instruction for me
    thanks

  21. dear sir,

    i have been working with collation forces from 2005 to present in different provinces and every one know better that the life of interpreters are in threat any moment. so is there a way to apply for the immigrant visa of Australia,
    thanks

  22. yasin hassanyar on

    Hi dear Sir/Madam
    I am yasin hassanyar working with American and Australian army in urzgan province of Afghanistan since 18 July 2012.and I got many times suspicious call from different people.so I kindly ask from government of Australia to put me in humanitarian visa process and save my life and my family life’s.
    thanks for your attention in this regard.

  23. Hi this Jawad yousufi which I served as interpreter with coalition force working in TK Urozgan Provence of Afghanistan my life is in dangerous sometime I thread form Taliban them tolled me that when ever we find you we never let you life now what should I do us I think I should left my family in Aghanistan and now I looking same way for leaving Afghanistan if it is possible Pleas Help me. Tanks for you attentions

  24. Bahramuddin on

    From: Bahramuddin (Amiry)
    To whom it may concern.
    Dear Sir/Madam! I recently got massage that Australia’s government is offering an humanitarian immigrant Visa for interpreters, who are in risk and will be treated by the Taliban and insurgents due to serving or served for ISAF and Coalition forces in Afghanistan .So I as an Interpreter to save my life and my family sent this massage to you, and I hope that my application won’t be rejected by Australia’s government and Embassy here in Afghanistan. I am wistful to receive a positive response from you.
    Dear sir/Madam. As I mentioned above since July 2012 till now I am working as Interpreter for CTU (combined Team Urozgan ) in comp Holland Afghanistan. Therefore my life and my family is completely in danger here in Afghanistan. I can’t live to my hometown Faryab province Maimana city because of security issue and insurgents there, and it’s always a treat for me. So now I live in a deferent province which is called Balkh province and Mazar e sharif city but I apologize from mentioning of its district’s name to be safe .because it’s a common site. And also some parts of my current city is controlled by the Taliban and insurgents. I am mostly worried about my life and my family after2014 when ISAF and Coalition forces leave Afghanistan. I can’t normally live in the society like other citizens, so the only way to save my life and my family is leaving of Afghanistan and I wish to be involved in this process. The team that I am working for is combination of Australian and US Advisers and troops. I got some documents like Certificate and recommendation letters if your eager to observe it anytime. Waiting for your response.
    Sincerely: Bahram (Amiry)
    Date: 02/04/2013.

  25. dear sir !
    thank you for presenting this cooperation to afghan interpreters who have been working with ISAF and NATO enduring freedom in afghanistan .
    my name is hamed , i have been working with ISAF,NATO and qualation forces since 2006 to 2013 ,therefor i want to mention that i donot feel safe , i am at risk so do my families life in my country because i have perform my linguistic tasks with mentioned forces in more then 08 provinces af afghanistan and my identity and face structure has been exposed to enemies of afghanistan , ISAF ,NATO and qualation forces indeed unti social enimies .
    waiting for your response

    • dear sir i forgot to mentione that i have got recommandations and certificates from the ISAF,NATO and qualation forces ,if required i can present them to your athority .
      thank you
      Sincerely: hamed

  26. Hello dear sir/madam
    I have been working with coalition forces since 2010 to present.
    as a linguist transltor. during my duties i encountered with many insurgents i have been getting serious threat from them in last few months my life is being in grave danger.I would like to asylum to Australia and save my life and my family please.
    pleas contact me the same email address( hemmat93@gmail.com )
    thanking you
    NAZIR.

  27. Fawad Rasooly on

    Hello Sir or Mam!
    i have worked with ISAF since 2009 till now .
    i can not tell you here about myself please send me application info in my email.
    thank you!

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  28. abdul tawab jamali on

    hi. my name is abdul tawab jamali
    i hade work white australi in orzgan province i had starat work 2009 in 2011 but now my life is good becaz every day taliban warnig me to my famli now i work white u s army in kandahar province wan to apply for australia thinx. abdul tawab jamali

  29. From: yasin
    To whom it may concern.
    As I mentioned my name I was graduated from high school in 2011 from Kabul-Afghanistan, and I joint with coalition force as an interpreter.
    and now working with Australian and American advisory team for(ANA)since July 2012.it is mentionable since I started working with coalition force many times I got an-unknown calls from different people who were asking about my job to sure that Am I working with (ISAF) or no? now I am concern about my life and my family life after 2014 and as you know better that the interpreter will be the first target.and our live are in danger in Afghanistan, especially in my province Ghazni the most dengeruos province in Afghanistan. right now I am not able to in Ghazni province because there is still a lot of Taliban especially the way which we cross and a lot of my relative were killed and kidnapped by insurgent on that province.and now it is too much difficult for to go in Ghazni all of my relative and my friends they know that I am an interpreter and working with coalition force.recently I have heard the the Australian government announced the humanitarian visa proses for afghan interpreter who are working in urzgan province.so I also ask from the government of Australia to put me also in this proses and save my life and my family live before leaving coalition force from Afghanistan as soon as possible.now taliban thread the interpreters that leave your job or lost you head and it is true a lot of interpreters were killed by taliban. once again I ask from the government of Australia to attention in this regard and save our life and our family life before we be killed by insurgent. thanks for your nice attention.

  30. To whom it may concern.
    Dear Sir/Madam! I recently got massage that Australia’s government is offering an humanitarian immigrant Visa for interpreters, who are in risk and will be treated by the Taliban and insurgents due to serving or served for ISAF and Coalition forces in Afghanistan .So I as an Interpreter to save my life and my family sent this massage to you, and I hope that my application won’t be rejected by Australia’s government and Embassy here in Afghanistan. I am wistful to receive a positive response from you.
    Dear Sir/madam! As i mentioned above that i have worked with Australian Army as an interpreter and translator in Afghanistan Uruzgan Province camp holland and Chora District Uruzgan in ANA classes and i did alot of missions with Australian army and ANA together in Chora district.now I am concern about my life and my family life after 2014 and as you know better that the interpreter will be the first target.and our live are in danger in Afghanistan, especially in my province Kandahar the most dengeruos province in Afghanistan. right now I am not able to live in my home land Kandahar province because there is still a lot of Taliban especially the way which we cross and a lot of my relative were killed and kidnapped by insurgent on that province.and now it is too much difficult for as to live in Kandahar thats why we moved to capital Kabul and won’t be able to live here for any longer that the rent of home and everything eles here is too expensive all of my relative and my friends they know that I was an interpreter and worked with coalation forces in diffrent Provinces of Afghanistan. Now i kindly ask Australian government to put me in this process and give me an oppurtunity to live a normal life with my family with out of any danger and life treatends in Australia.

    Sincerely: Masood

    Masood.barakzai@live.com

  31. Hello Sir,
    My name is Sayed Mohmmad Rahim
    29 years old
    From Afghanistan
    I heard recently Asterallia goverment give visa for afghan people who work for isaf nato.
    Dear Sir im working in French camp Warehouse here in Kabul as a Employar started from 2008 up to 2013 with them as we knew that here the condition and situation of our country is not better and we can’t see our future well here and I faced to lots problems here im educated person so don’t like to be here anymore but the problem is this that how can i get there in US I have lots experience here with them education background, working experience
    Dear Sir, it’s my aim to be out of country and restart continue my life there so if you can help me sir kindly
    Email:Dreams.banori@gmail.com cell phone +93797517560
    Skype ID. Rahim.banori2222
    Waiting for replay sir.
    I will be thankful
    bye.

  32. Hi dear sir,My name is Samiullah amarkhil.I was interpreter with British forces in Helmand province.Now I am not safe in Afghanistan.My life is face to undear threat. So I want to emigration to Australia.I hope to help me .If it is possible.Please send me your response to my this bellow email:samiullah.amarkhil@yahoo.com

  33. Dear Sir,
    Hope you all doing well,
    i want to inform you that i worked for U.S and Australian police from 2011 up to 213 and currently i don’t feel safe the work that i have done for mentioned forces i kindly request for a visa to get out of this situation,
    This is my Email, Janan_g@yahoo.com

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