3 THINGS YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT PROTECTION VISA

#1 WHAT IS A REFUGEE VISA?

Also known as a “protection visa” or “asylum visa” or “asylum application” or “asylum-seeker visa” a refugee visa provides refugees protection in Australia, by allowing a temporary or permanent residence visa for asylum-seekers and those who fall within complementary protection provisions.

An international convention definition is used to determine whether or not someone is a refugee. Recently, the convention definition of refugee has been re-scoped by legislation and court decisions to include other applicants seeking protection.


#2 HOW DO I GET A REFUGEE VISA?

A Refugee visa application is made to the Department of Immigration & Border Protection or a Government agency either onshore or offshore.

Refugees need to prove that they are genuine refugees and the DIBP officer relies on home country information research in addition to applicant submissions to determine whether the criteria for a protection visa are met.

Many desperate visa applicants lodge protection visa applications onshore as a last resort when seeking any means to remain in Australia. Our practice assists genuine asylum seekers to effectively present their cases for protection with the DIBP.

#3 HOW MUCH DOES A REFUGEE VISA COST?

Refugee visas attract a fee upon lodgement of the application with the DIBP.

A schedule of fees and charges applicable to applications lodged at the DIBP is published regularly.

If you use an Immigration Advisor or Registered Australian Migration Agent, additional fees apply. The amount of the fee will depend on the skill level of the Immigration Law Specialist, complexity of the applications, and the urgency of the application.


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