Protection Visa

Protection Visa

About This Visa

The onshore component of the Refugee and Humanitarian program aims to provide options for people who are in Australia and wish to apply for protection (or asylum). There is one visa available for people onshore who wish to apply for protection.


Protection visa (Class XA) (Subclass 866)

This visa allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident, having access to Medicare and Centrelink services and also receive a range of services to assist them in settling into life in Australia.

To be granted a Protection visa you will need to:

  • be found to be owed protection in Australia, because you are a refugee as defined by the Refugees Convention, or because you meet the complementary protection criteria
  • be currently in Australia
  • pass character and security checks
  • undergo the required health examinations, and
  • sign the Australian Values Statement.


Who is owed protection in Australia?

People who are outside their country and are unable or unwilling to return because they have a well-founded fear of persecution because of their:

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

People are owed protection in Australia under complementary protection obligations if there is a real risk that if they return to their home country they will suffer any of the following types of “significant harm”:

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


Why use Turner Coulson Immigration Lawyers?

Protection Visa can be refused for a number of reasons. The Protection Visa application also has strict criteria which all must be met and with only very limited waiver provisions.

It is essential that the application is assessed, structured and lodged in a way to satisfy all applicable DIBP law and policy. Turner Coulson has years of experience working with Australian visas handling the most complex cases and achieving positive outcomes in circumstances where the applicant would have failed if we were not involved.


What to do next and how to apply?

Getting the right advice upfront is essential so contact for a free no obligation discussion with one of our advisors who are ready and waiting to assist you applying for your visa.

We will assess your situation on an individual basis and provide you with the best advice to make your stay in Australia hassle-free.