Refugee and Humanitarian

The following information is not intended to be exhaustive, and further eligibility requirements do apply. Please contact us to determine if you qualify.

Who are considered refugees?

The Refugee Convention define refugees to be individuals who cannot return to their mother land due to well-founded fear of persecution by factors related to race, religion, political opinion, nationality and membership of a social group. If you fit in the above categories you can avail complementary protection from the Australian government if there is serious risk of harm in returning to their home country which includes:

  • arbitrary deprivation of life
  • the death penalty
  • torture
  • cruel or inhuman treatment or punishment, or
  • degrading treatment or punishment.

This is a permanent visa option suitable for individuals who Australia owes protection obligations to. The Protection Visa is for individuals who did not arrive in Australia illegally through unauthorised maritime or air travel.

With this visa you can

  • live, work and study in Australia permanently
  • sponsor eligible family members for permanent residence through the offshore Humanitarian Program
  • have access to Medicare and Centrelink services

You must

  • you, or a member of your same family unit, must engage Australia’s protection obligations
  • have evidence to meet the Complementary Protection criteria under Australian Migration Act 1958
  • Applicant is appealing for the protection
  • have arrived legally in Australia on a valid visa
  • meet all other visa requirements including health, character and security

The successful applicant will be able to move to Australia permanently if your subject to the persecution in your home country.

With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • propose family members for permanent residence

You must

Who may be eligible for this visa?

The applicants must be outside Australia when applying and when the visa is decided. Applicants may be eligible if they are living in their home country, are subject to persecution in their home country and are unable to leave their country to seek refuge elsewhere in the world.

The Australian Government provides humanitarian resettlement under the Refugee Special Humanitarian Program. There are two categories for the resettlement program: Refugee category and Special Humanitarian Programme.

The program is for those who live outside Australia and have a fear of persecution if they were to return to their home country. As well as for those with family who have been subject to substantial discrimination, amounting to gross violation of human rights, in their home country. Contact our team to find out if you are eligible for the programme.