Refugee Visa Australia

Refugee Visa Australia

Refugee Visa

Australia's refugee visa is an integral part of the country's contribution to protect international refugees and is designed to meet specific requirements of these entrants.

If you are located outside Australia and seeking protection in the country, you may be eligible for refugee visa Australia that will let you resettle in the country on refugee or humanitarian grounds. This visa is for you if you are persecuted in your home country and considering resettlement in Australia as a refugee.

For resettlement, you may need to be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to the Government of Australia.

Eligibility for Refugee Visa

You may be eligible for this visa if you are:
  • From outside Australia
  • Living outside your home country
  • Subject to persecution in your home country
  • Identified as a refugee or subject to substantial discrimination causing gross violation of human rights in your home country or deemed to be in humanitarian need

You must be outside Australia when the visa application is lodged and when the application is granted.

There must also be compelling reasons for the decision maker to give special consideration to grant your visa. This is general to all permanent visa subclasses under Australia's offshore Humanitarian Programme and involves assessing several factors like

  • The extent of your connection to Australia
  • The degree of discrimination or persecution to which you are subject to in your home country
  • Whether there is any other suitable country that can provide your resettlement and protection

If anyone from your immediate family has been granted refugee visa in the past 5 years, they have the eligibility to propose you from this visa under the provisions of "spilt family."

Visa Options

For refugees seeking resettlement and protection in Australia, the following visa options are available:

TPV is a temporary protection visa that lets you live in Australia for three years if you have arrived the country illegally and seeking protection in Australia. You may be eligible for the visa if:

  • You have entered Australia illegally
  • You have lodged a valid application for protection visa, Form 866
  • You are nominated or invited to apply for Temporary Protection Visa
  • You are evaluated as engaging protection obligations of the country
  • You meet other basic requirements like security, character, health and identity checks

The visa lets you live and work in Australia for up to 3 years and you can also access social security benefits, Medicare, short term counselling or job matching. If you are planning to travel to another country, you must seek approval if your visa was granted on or after 16 December 2014.

Protection Visa (subclass 866) is a permanent protection visa that lets you live and work in Australia indefinitely, as a permanent resident, and have access to Medicare and social security benefits. To be eligible for this, you:

  • Must be in Australia and engage in the country's protection obligations
  • Did not enter the country a unauthorised air arrival or illegal maritime arrival
  • Are a refugee as defined by the Refugees Convention
  • Meet the criteria of Complementary Protection under Australia's Migration Act 1958

This is a permanent visa that lets you live and work in Australia indefinitely and sponsor or propose family members for permanent residence in the country. You may be eligible for this visa if you:

  • Are outside Australia
  • Are subject to discrimination or persecution in your home country
  • Are living outside your home country

Women at Risk visa allows you to live, work and study in Australia, and sponsor or propose your family members for permanent residence. You may get this visa if you:

  • Are a female
  • Are living outside your home country
  • Are in danger of harassment, victimisation, or serious gender abuse
  • Do not have protection of a male relative

How XL Migration and Education Services Can Help You?

If you are considering applying for refugee or protection visa in Australia, it is important to know that the Australian government limits the number of refugee visas from time to time and there are more people applying for the same than what is granted. Moreover, the refugee law changes continuously.

XL Migration and Education Services has a team of experienced migration agents and lawyers who can provide quality advice regarding your eligibility, application process and approval.

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