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;
- 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
- 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