All You Need To Know About The Australian Protection Visa

A protection visa allows you to live in Australia if you believe your life is under threat due to political, religious or gender in your home country. The Australian immigration department conducts a thorough investigation to ascertain that your life is under threat. 

So, how do you seek a protection visa in Australia? Below is a short guide.  


To qualify for a protection visa:

  • You must meet the Australian government's health requirements for people applying for a visa. Typically, you should not have an infectious disease. Additionally, you should not have an illness that prevents Australian citizens from seeking health services.
  • You must be a citizen of good character. The immigration department will conduct a background check or ask you to submit a police clearance certificate.
  • People that have had their protection visa cancelled cannot apply for the subclass 866 visa.
  • You cannot apply for the visa if you are a citizen of two or more countries.
  • People that have a protection visa from another country cannot apply for this visa.
  • You must have arrived in the country legally. 

People that have entered the country illegally can apply for a temporary protection visa (subclass 785) or a safe haven enterprise visa. 

A Protection Visa Allows You To:

The visa allows you to study, work and live in Australia. Besides, you can bring in family members whose lives are under threat. Moreover, you can access health services. You can also apply for Australian citizenship with this visa.

Your application could be cancelled if you submit false documents. The visa could get revoked if you engage in crime or malicious activities while in the country. Besides, you should renew the visa in time.

An immigration attorney can significantly increase your chances of having this visa approved. Below are a few tips to help you choose an immigration attorney. 

  • Check the attorney's specialisation. Professionals specialising in Australian immigration will have first-hand information about changing regulations. Besides, they may have long term relationships with immigration officials.
  • The attorney should have professional liability insurance. It is a sure way to avoid legal liability caused by the lawyer's negligence.
  • Examine his or her reputation by checking social media or internet reviews. If you live in a foreign country, work with a lawyer that provides online services.
  • Inquire about the lawyer's privacy policy. Remember, you will share confidential information with him or her.

With the above tips, you should have an easy time applying for a protection visa. An experienced and licenced attorney will arrange your documents and help you reapply for the visa if your application is rejected.