Offshore Refugee & Humanitarian visas

If you are seeking protection in Australia and are located outside Australia, you may be eligible to apply for a number of visas that will allow you to resettle in Australia on refugee or humanitarian grounds. The following visas are permanent residency visas.

Refugee Visa (Subclass 200)    

The 200 visa is for a person who is living outside of their home country and subject to persecution in that country.

In-Country Special Humanitarian Visa (Subclass 201)

The 201 visa is for a person who is subject to persecution in their home country and who has not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere.

Global Special Humanitarian Programme (Subclass 202)

The 202 visa is for a person who is living outside of their home country, subject to substantial discrimination amounting to a gross violation of their human rights in that country, and is proposed by an eligible person or organisation in Australia.

Emergency Rescue Visa (Subclass 203)

The 203 visa is for a person who is subject to persecution in their home country and faces an immediate threat to their life or personal security.

Woman at Risk Visa (Subclass 204)

The 204 visa is for a woman living outside her home country and who is subject to persecution in that country, does not have the protection of a male relative and who is in danger of victimisation, harassment or serious abuse because of her sex.

The criteria for each of these visas vary. However, as a general rule you must demonstrate that:

You may also satisfy the criteria for one of these visas if you are proposed for a visa by a relative who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, including a relative who has been granted a permanent protection visa. An approved community organisation may also be able to propose you for one of these visas.

Please note that the above criteria are not exhaustive. You should consult one of our experienced Immigration Lawyers and Registered Migration Agents for more details about these visas.

You are able to include family members in your application if they satisfy particular criteria. Please consult us for more details.

About Refugee and Humanitarian visas, and how we can help you

If you are considering applying for protection from outside of Australia, you should note the following:

Our team of experienced lawyers and Registered Migration Agents can provide you with quality legal advice regarding your eligibility for a refugee or humanitarian visa. We can advise you in relation to your application and facilitate the application process for you. Please contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our solicitors.

This page provides a summary of Refugee and Humanitarian visas as at June 2015. Australian immigration law is complex and changes regularly. We therefore recommend that you contact us to confirm the requirements for a Refugee or Humanitarian visa and consult with one of our solicitors and Registered Migration Agents.


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