The protection visa Australia is a permanent visa for the applicant residing in their home country and seeking protection. The 886 visa grants an Australian visa to the applicant applying for the protection visa for an unspecified time, the applicant must have arrived on a valid Australian visa and meet the country’s requirements and obligations.
The applicant is allowed to finance their family members who wish to come to Australia with the applicant. The family member comes with the applicant are also allowed to apply for the permanent residency visa by applying through the Offshore Humanitarian Program.
The applicant has to provide evidence to demonstrate the real threat applicant having in their home country or evidence of getting seriously harmed in the origin country because of
- Political Opinion,
- Different Nationality,
- Or a Membership of a particular social group.
Applicant must provide evidence of unnecessary harm or foreseeable consequence of removal in their home country in order to get the Protection Visa Australia. The visa will be provided to the applicants facing one or more significant harm mentioned below.
- Physical torture
- Mental Torture
- arbitrary deprivation of life
- the death penalty
- cruel or inhuman treatment or punishment; and/or
- degrading treatment or punishment.
In addition, the applicant must pass the identity, health, and character requirements along with one or more grounds for protection.
Benefits of Protection visa
With a protection visa, an applicant can:
- Stay in Australia for an indefinite time,
- Travel in and out of Australia for up to 5 years.
- Applicant can enroll in the Australian Health Care Scheme, Medicare
- An applicant can live, study and work in Australia without any restrictions.
- Apply for the citizen if eligible.
- An applicant can sponsor an eligible family for permanent residency in Australia,
- Applicants are allowed to attend 510 hours of English Language Classes for free.
Basic Requirements for Protection Visa
In order to get eligible for the protection visa applicant must meet the following requirements stated by the Department of Home Affairs, The requirements for the visa are mentioned below.
- An applicant must have legally arrived in Australia.
- Applicants must be in Australia while lodging their application.
- Applicant must be a refugee or engage Australia’s complementary protection criteria
- Applicant must meet Identity requirement
- Applicant must not be barred from applying for a protection visa
- Not have held one of the visas mentioned below
- An applicant has to meet the Health requirement.
- The applicant has to meet the Character requirement.
- Applicant should sign the Australian values statement.
- Must not have any previous debt to the Australian Government.
- The application should not have rejected or refused by DHA on a previous visa application.
Have arrived in Australia legally
To be eligible for the protection Visa applicant must have arrived in Australia with a legal visa and cleared by the immigration department on arrival to Australia, the applicant is not allowed for the protection visa if he/she is an authorized maritime arrival.
Be a refugee or engage Australia’s complementary protection criteria
To apply for the protection visa in Australia, an applicant must be a refugee or meet the complementary protection criteria under the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Act).
Australian Government or the Department of Home Affairs does not return the people with the risk of that the person may get harmed or suffered in their home country because they engage Australian Protection Obligation.
Meet Identity Requirement.
The Department of home affairs might ask the applicant to submit the evidence of their identity, Nationality evidence, or Citizenship evidence of their home country with the application. You might be required to submit the biometrics scans of your fingerprints and digital photographs at the time of lodging the application.
The Department of Home Affairs will use the information while assessing the claims of protection to the applicant and character and security checks.
Not be barred from lodging a permanent protection visa.
The applicant is not allowed to apply for the protection visa if,
- Protection visa has been refused since the last arrival of an applicant to Australia,
- The protection has been canceled
- An applicant is a national of two or more countries,
- An applicant has protection in a prescribed safe third country.
Not have held any of these visas
Applicant must not have held any of the visas such as; Temporary Protection Visa (Subclass 785), Temporary Safe Haven Visa (subclass 449), Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Subclass 790), or Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) Visa (Subclass 786).
Meet Security Requirement:
The applicant must meet the Australian Security requirement as part of the application process for the permanent protection visa (Subclass 886).
The applicant and their partner applying for the Australian visa must meet the health requirement, your family member might also have to prove evidence of health requirement if The Department of Home Affairs requires.
The applicant and their partner, and the family members above 16 years of age applying for the Protection Visa have to provide evidence of character requirement, family members who are not applying might also require to prove the character evidence.
Australian Values Statement:
The applicant and family members who applied for the Protection Visa are 18 years of age or older at the time of lodging the application, the applicants must have read or had explained to you the Life in Australia book. And sign the Australian values Statement to confirm you will obey the Australian laws and respect the Australian way of life.
Have No Debt to the Australian Government.
If the applicant or family member of the applicant owes the Australian government, the debt must be paid or have an agreement before lodging your application, or else the application will get rejected.
Canceled or Rejected Visa:
The applicant might not be eligible if they have previously get rejected or refused the visa by the Department of Home Affairs.
Family Members Can be Included
While lodging the application for the 886 visa, the applicant can apply for their family member’s permanent visa through Offshore Humanitarian Program. The applicant can include their Married or de facto partner, their children or their dependent children, or other eligible dependent relatives.
Other dependent relatives may include parents, siblings (brothers or sisters), grandparents or grandchild, Cousins, Aunt or Uncle, Niece or Nephew, and step equivalent. The relative must be dependent on the applicant.
However, If a child born after the application submission and before the visa decision made by the Department of Home Affairs, the child will be taken to include in the protection visa application.
Processing Time for Protection Visa
The time it takes to process your application may vary case-by-case, There is not any standard processing time available for the Visa. However, your application may get delayed if:
- If the applicant does not complete the form correctly.
- If the applicant did not include all the required documents.
- If the department of home affairs requires more information from you.
- If it takes a longer time for DHA to verify your information.