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Refugee / Humanitarian Visas

Immigration And Visa Services For Refugee / Humanitarian

Australian Refugee Humanitarian Visas

For many years, Australia has set a number of visas under the Refugee and Humanitarian program to resettle people for humanitarian reasons (offshore resettlement) and for grants of asylum in Australia (onshore protection).

Onshore Protection Visas (subclass 866)

The onshore component of the program is for asylum seekers who apply for refugee status after arriving in Australia. This visa allows an individual to stay in Australia on a permanent basis and is only applicable for those applicants who are refugees or family members of the refugee as per the definition of refugee convention or meet the Complementary Protection criteria in the Australian migration act 1958.

Grounds for protection:

  • Race
  • Religion
  • Nationality
  • Political opinion
  • Membership of a particular social group


  • You have entered Australia on a valid visa and currently staying in the country
  • You meet Australian protection guidelines
  • You are appealing for protection as a refugee
  • You are not barred from lodging a protection visa application
  • You meet health and character requirements


  • Stay in Australia indefinitely
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Have access to Medicare
  • Free to travel to and from Australia innumerable times till the protection visa is valid
  • Qualify to apply for Australian citizenship after fulfilling eligibility criteria

We at Mr. Migrate are known since ages for our commendable work and transparency. We have a team of professionals and consultants who will guide you through the complete process of obtaining a refugee humanitarian visa.

Australia has undertaken a basic obligation of not returning an individual to a country where there is a life risk on the individual – they will be either killed, tortured or suffer cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Complementary protection visa may also be issued to those individuals seeking refugee status but aren’t refugees as outlined by the refugee convention. However, in this case, such individuals need to prove that they truly face the risk of significant damage if they return to their home country.

Offshore resettlement Visa

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.

Refugee Visa (Subclass 200)

This visa is for individuals:

  • Living outside Australia
  • Living outside their home country
  • Are persecuted in their home country


  • Have a right to live permanently in Australia
  • Enroll for the public health schemes
  • Travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Enroll in English language classes for free for up to 510 hours
  • Be eligible to become an Australian citizen
  • Sponsor relatives for permanent residency


Apart from the ones mentioned above:

  • Individuals should hold good moral and health conduct
  • Have no outstanding debt to the Australian government

You may add certain family member while applying for visa subclass 200 such as spouse, partner, dependent children, partner’s dependent children, relatives who are dependants.

Many applicants considered under Subclass 200 category are either identified by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugee (UNHCR) or referred to the Australian government by the UNHCR.

In-country Special Humanitarian Visa (subclass 201)

Applicable for individuals who are subject to persecution in their home country and who has not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere.

The individual must be residing outside Australia while applying for subclass 201 visa and they must also be outside Australia when the visa is decided.

In most cases, once the visa is granted the Australian government pays for the travel costs to Australia, medical examination and cultural orientation.


  • Living in the home country and persecuted there
  • Powerless in order to look for refuge somewhere else
  • Free from any outstanding debts to the Australian government
  • Meets the medical examination which lasts for 12 months
  • Can provide evidence of having good character and not involved in any unlawful activities


  • Stay, work and study in Australia on a permanent basis
  • Enroll in Medicare
  • Get access to certain social security payments
  • Apply for Australian citizenship after fulfilling certain criteria
  • Avail the facility of free English language classes
  • Easily apply for travel documents when traveling overseas
  • Sponsor family members for permanent residency

Global Special Humanitarian Programme Visa (subclass 202)

Subclass 202 visas are for individuals living outside their home country, is subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights and is proposed by an eligible person or organization in Australia.

There are no charges for applying for this visa, however, the applicant may have to pay for documentation, medical and character certificate directly to the concerned department. The Australian government doesn’t pay for the travel cost as well.


  • Is medically fit and fine
  • Has good and clean character, free from any illegal involvement
  • Is sponsored or proposed by a person or organization in Australia
  • The applicant is not residing in Australia
  • An applicant is living outside their home country
  • Suffer from discrimination resulting in the violation of human rights


  • Permanently residing, studying and working in Australia
  • Enroll in healthcare and medical schemes
  • Sponsor family members for permanent residency
  • Apply for Australian citizenship after fulfilling the eligibility criteria
  • After the grant of visa, freely travel to and from Australia
  • Enroll in English language classes

Emergency Rescue Visa (subclass 203)

Only applicable to individuals who are subject to persecution in their home country and face an immediate threat to their life and personal security. All candidates for this subclass are referred by UNHCR.


  • Have to be living outside Australia
  • You are persecuted in your home country
  • UNHCR refers you to Australia because you urgently need to be resettled
  • You must meet certain health requirements, which are usually valid for a period of 12 months. The health requirements may be waived if compassionate and compelling circumstances exist.
  • You must meet character requirements as well; this applies to the applicant and all dependent family members
  • You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian government


  • Permanently stay in Australia
  • Refer family members for permanent residency
  • Attend English language classes
  • Enroll in health-related schemes
  • Access certain social security payments
  • Work and study in Australia

While you and your dependents can apply for the visa free of cost; you will have to pay for documentation, medical certificate, character certificate and travel cost to Australia.

Women at Risk Visa (subclass 204)

This is for individual women residing outside their home country without any protection of a male relative and is in danger of victimization, harassment, or serious abuse because of their gender. To be measured for resettlement in Australia under this visa, you would require to be referred by UNHCR to the government of Australia.


  • You must be living outside Australia and outside your home country
  • You don’t have any kind of protection from a male relative
  • You are in danger of harassment, victimization, or serious ill-treatment
  • You possess good health and moral conduct
  • You don’t have any outstanding debt to the Australian government


  • Permanent residency
  • Get educated and employed in Australia
  • Enroll in health care schemes and certain social security benefits
  • Live for a minimum of 4 years in Australia and then apply for Australian citizenship (subject to other criteria as well).
  • Sponsor family members for permanent residency
  • Join English language programs

Why should you choose Mr. Migrate?

We are here with the purpose of paving the right path for immigration seeking clients. Our core fundamentals of working are to align the procedure formalities with what the client is looking for and simultaneously exterminate the tension involved.

If you think you are eligible for an Australian Refugee Humanitarian visa, contact us and we will lead you forward.