Protection Visa (subclass 866)
Protection Visa (subclass 866)
This is a permanent visa option, allowing applicants to live and work in Australia as permanent residents, who have not arrived in Australia illegally through an unauthorized maritime or air travel.
Length of stay
Permanent Residentship

Cost
From AUD 35

Individuals seeking visa under Protection Visa (subclass 866) program must make sure that;

  • Is engaged in Australia’s complementary protection obligations
  • Is a refugee as defined by the Migration Act 1958
  • Has arrived in Australia on a valid visa
  • Has not been debarred from applying for a Protection Visa
  • Stay in Australia permanently
  • Work and study in Australia
  • Have access to Medicare and other Australian healthcare schemes
  • Can apply for Australian citizenship, meeting with the stated requirements
  • Can sponsor eligible family member or relative under limited circumstances

Individual can be eligible for Protection Visa (subclass 866) if any of his/her family member is found to be engaged in Australia’s complementary protection obligations. Also meets with under stated criteria;

  • Arrived in Australia legally
  • Is a refugee as defined by the Migration Act 1958 or meet with Complementary Protection criteria in Australia
  • Application should be in the interest of Australia
  • Be in Australia while lodging the visa application
  • Pass the character and security checks
  • Go through the required health examinations
Who are considered as refugees in Australia?

Under Australian law, refugees are people who have been forced to leave their origin country because of fear either due to;

  • race
  • religion
  • nationality
  • political opinion
  • membership of a particular social group.

According to Migration Act 1958, Australia is obliged to provide protection under Refugees Convention to such refugees and help them not to be returned to their origin country due to any the above five factors.

Note: Individual is not considered as refugee if they leave their home country for reasons of war, famine or because they are seeking better economic opportunities.


What is meant by Australia’s complementary protection obligations?

People who are not refugees but seek for protection for significant harm if they return to their origin country, are considered to be eligible under act of Complementary Protection in Australia.

The significant harm can be of;

  • arbitrary deprivation of life
  • the death penalty
  • torture
  • cruel or inhuman treatment or punishment, or
  • degrading treatment or punishment.

What is the minimum age to apply for Protection Visa (subclass 866)?

You should be 18 years or above to apply for this visa program.


Whom all I can take along with me under Protection Visa (subclass 866)?

During filing of your visa application for protection visa 866, you can include

  • your partner
  • your partner’s dependent child
  • other eligible dependent relatives

They all must meet with character requirements under Australia’s law


Provided information should not be taken as exhaustive, additional requirements for the visa do apply. Visa requirements may differ as per individual circumstances. For your eligibility assessment visit one of our qualified professionals.

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