Onshore Humanitarian Visas
The onshore program processes asylum seekers who apply for protection on or after arrival in Australia. Asylum seekers in the onshore program either arrive by boat (characterised as “Illegal Maritime Arrivals “(IMA)) or by plane (characterised as “non – Illegal Maritime Arrivals” or Authorised Air Arrivals).
Australia offers onshore humanitarian visas, known as ‘protection visas’ to refugees who cannot return to their home country. You can apply for the following onshore protection visas while you are in Australia:
If you currently hold or formerly held a Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785) or a Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790) and you arrived in Australia before 14 February 2023 you may be able to apply for a Resolution of Status visa (subclass 851).
Eligibility For Onshore Humanitarian Visas
You may be eligible for an onshore humanitarian visa, known as a ‘protection visa’ if you are already in Australia and you cannot return to your home country because you fear that you will be persecuted because of your race, nationality, religion, political opinion, or membership of a particular social group.
To meet the requirements for an onshore protection visa, you must be found to be a refugee or to engage Australia’s complementary protection obligations. The requirements of an onshore protection visa can be quite complicated. In general you need to show:
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