Protection Visas


Refugee Visa

This visa allows the holder to apply for refugee status in Australia if they have been persecuted in their home country. It is a permanent residence visa allowing the holder to stay in Australia indefinitely to live, work and study.

To be considered for resettlement in Australia under this visa, you would usually need to be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the Australian Government.

If a member of your immediate family was granted this visa in the past five years, they can propose you for this visa under ‘split family’ provisions.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • You are outside Australia and living outside your home country
  • You are persecuted in your home country
  • You have been referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) - although this is not always the case


Global Special Humanitarian Visa

This visa allows the holder to live, work and study in Australia permanently if they have been subjected to substantial discrimination, amounting to a gross violation of their human rights in their home country.

Applications for a Global Special Humanitarian visa must be supported by an eligible proposer in Australia. The proposer must be an Australian citizen or an Australian permanent resident in Australia.

If a member of your immediate family was granted a Protection or Humanitarian visa in the past five years, they can also propose you for this visa under ‘split family’ provisions.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • You are outside Australia and living outside your home country
  • You are subject to substantial discrimination which amounts to a gross violation of your human rights in your home country
  • You have been proposed for this visa by a person or organisation in Australia


Protection Visa (For Legal Arrival)

This visa allows the holder to live and work in Australia permanently if you have been found to be a refugee as defined by the Refugees Convention or meet the Complementary Protection criteria in the Australian Migration Act 1958.

You might also be eligible for a Protection visa if you are the family member of a person found to engage Australia's protection obligations. You and any eligible family members included in the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • did not arrive in Australia as an illegal maritime arrival or unauthorised air arrival.
  • are claiming Australia's protection
  • are a refugee as defined by the Refugees Convention or meet the Complementary Protection criteria in the Australian Migration Act 1958


Protection Visa (For Illegal Arrival)

People who arrived illegally by boat are referred to as illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs). The Australian Government is committed to not providing permanent protection visas to people who arrive illegally.

On 5 December 2014, the Australian Parliament passed legislation to introduce Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs). There are two types of protection Visas available for people who arrived in Australia illegally:

  • Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) will allow you to stay in Australia for three years.
  • Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEVs). will allow you to stay in Australia for five years if at least one member of your family unit declares an intention to work and/or study in regional Australia.

You might be able to get this visa if you:

  • are assessed as engaging Australia's protection obligations and meet all requirements.
  • meet other requirements, such as health, security and character checks.


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