Protection visa – Australia Visa: How to apply and obtain, Procedure, Documents required?

What is a Protection visa?

  • This visa is intended for those who entered Australia with a valid visa and wish to apply for asylum. Accepting Australia’s protection commitments and complying with all other standards allows you to stay in Australia indefinitely.

Feature of Protection visa

  • live, work and study in Australia permanently
  • access government services such as Medicare and Centrelink services.
  • through the offshore humanitarian program, sponsor qualifying family members for permanent residence.
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible you can become an Australian citizen.
  • attend English language classes for free if you are eligible

 What is the eligibility?

  • You must have been granted entry into Australia with a valid visa upon arrival. If you arrive by boat without authorization, you cannot submit a legitimate application for this visa.
  • Be a refugee or meet Australia’s additional protection standards.
  • We can ask you to submit documentation with your application as proof of your identification, citizenship, or nationality. You must cooperate and offer this documentation so that identity checks can be conducted.
  • not be prohibited from submitting an application for a permanent protection visa.
  • You must not hold or ever held any of the visas: Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
  • Temporary Safe Haven visa (subclass 449), Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) visa (subclass 786), or Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790).
  • We will determine as part of the application process whether you meet Australia’s security standards for issuing a protection visa.
  • Health tests are required of you. Your health as well as the community’s health in Australia will be safeguarded by this.

Procedure to apply

  • Verify your eligibility. If you need assistance, you can ask someone to prepare and submit your application on your behalf.
  • Log in or create an ImmiAccount
  • Attach documents
  • Pay the application fee.
  • You can submit a paper application for a Protection visa if you are unable to do so electronically using ImmiAccount. You must still make an electronic payment for this visa through ImmiAccount’s “My Payments” section.
  • Complete Form 866 Application for a protection visa (991KB PDF)
  • Pay the application fee
  • Post your completed application form and supporting documents to: Protection Visas
    Department of Home Affairs
    GPO Box 9984
    SYDNEY NSW 2001
  • We will send you an acknowledgment letter as soon as we have received your application to let you know.
  • You will be required to submit biometrics, together with those of any Australian relatives listed on your application.
  • If an interview is necessary, we will let you know. Your protection visa application will be covered at the interview. You have the chance to elaborate on the statements you made in your application.
  • For further details check here.

How long can you stay

  • It is a long-term visa. It permits indefinite residence in Australia.

What is the processing time?

  • We aim to finalize protection visa applications as quickly as possible. This is a very complex process and will take some time. You can assist us in finalizing your application by responding to any requests from us within the specified timeframes.

What is the cost?

  • It will cost AUD40.

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