Refugee Visa-To be eligible for the following categories of visa, the applicants must: 

  • be outside of Australia  
  • have been identified as a refugee or a person subject to persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country and deemed to be in humanitarian need
  • satisfy the decision maker that there are compelling reasons for giving special consideration to the grant of a visa. 

Visa Categories  

Refugee Visa-Subclass 200  

This visa is for people who are subject to persecution in their home country and who are in need of resettlement. To be eligible for this visa applicant must be outside of their home country. 

In Country Special Humanitarian Visa-Subclass 201 

This visa is for people who are subject to persecution in their home country or usual residence and who have not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere. 

Global Special Humanitarian Visa-Subclass 202 

This visa is for people who are not refugees and who are subject to substantial discrimination and human rights abuses in their home country. To be eligible for this visa the applicants must be outside of their home country. 

Emergency Rescue Visa-Subclass 203 

This is an accelerated processing arrangement for people who satisfy refugee criteria and whose lives or freedom depends on urgent resettlement. 

Woman at Risk Visa-Subclass 204  

This visa is for women who are subject to persecution in their home country or registered as being ‘of concern’ to the UNHCR and currently living outside of their home country without protection of male relative. 

To be eligible for the following categories of visa, the applicants must be currently in Australia. 

Visa Categories  

Territorial Asylum Visa–Subclass 800 

This visa is for applicants who can demonstrate they have a need for territorial asylum (political asylum). The visa can only be granted by instrument of a Minister. 

Protection Visa-Subclass 866 

To be eligible for this visa, the applicants must: 

  • be a person to whom Australia has protection obligations under the Refugees Convention or be a member of their family unit of such a person
  • make specific claims under the Refugees Convention (family mem­bers do not have to satisfy this criterion) and
  • not be covered by the Comprehensive Plan of Action or be entitled to live in a safe third country.