On 6 October 2023, CEO of the Refugee Council of Australia, Paul Power, wrote to Hon Andrew Giles MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs on the announcement to address delays in the onshore protection visa process. The letter welcomed the recent announcements to increase funding to process applications and to provide legal assistance. We also raised our concerns for those who have no remaining option other than seeking ministerial intervention.
We have had several visa grants recently where the full processing time was within one year. Albeit there is no nationality for applicants specified for protection visa, it is pivotal to be a genuine applicant. The ongoing unrest in specific countries may possibly have a role to play for protection visa grants. In this financial year, applicants from Venezuela, Myanmar, Afghanistan has the highest grant rates so far with 100%, 99% and 97% grant respectively.
Dedicated places for Afghan nationals
87. The Government is committed to supporting the Afghan community, with 16,500 places allocated for
Afghan nationals under the Humanitarian Program delivered over four years from 2022-23 to 2025-26.
This is in addition to the 10,000 places for Afghan nationals within the Offshore Humanitarian
Also due to the ongoing unrest between Russia and Ukraine, Ukrainian nationals who have arrived on a temporary visa and are unable to access standard visa pathways, or cannot return to Ukraine, are not limited to one visa pathway. Ukrainians and their family members who fear harm if they were to return to Ukraine can apply for a Protection Visa (subclass 866).
We have had several protection visa grants recently.
You can book a phone consultation with our Registered Migration Agent (MARN1572961):
Update: Australian Government Announcement (13 February 2023)
Holders of Temporary Protection Visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) are eligible for a permanent Resolution of may be eligible for Resolution of State Visa (RoS) (Subclass 851).
What is RoS visa?
The RoS visa allows holders to be eligible for permanent residency. With the RoS visa, holders can:
live, work and study in Australia permanently
travel to and from Australia for 5 years
if eligible, become an Australian citizen
if eligible, attend English language classes for free.
You are eligible to apply for RoS visa if:
You currently hold a TPV/SHEV; or
You previously held a TPV/SHEV; or
You applied for your first TPV/SHEV and are awaiting a final decision
The Australian Government Announcement (5 May 2021)
The Government has expressed Australia’s condemnation of the ongoing violence in Myanmar.
The Australian Government will be writing to all Myanmar citizens temporarily in Australia with further advice on how to remain lawful in Australia.
A range of options may be available to suit individual circumstances, including the grant of new visas
Myanmar citizens in Australia to remain here until it is safe for them to return home.
Australia on temporary visas may apply to extend their stay until it is safe to return home.
Australia continues to strongly urge the Myanmar security forces to exercise restraint and refrain from violence against civilians, release those detained arbitrarily and engage in dialogue.
Read the official statement here:
Protection Visa Australia
This Visa is for people who arrived in Australia on a valid visa and want to seek asylum.
It lets you stay in Australia permanently if you engage Australia’s protection obligations and meet all other requirements for the grant of the visa.
With this Visa, you can
Live, work, and study in Australia permanently
Sponsor eligible family members for permanent residence through the offshore Humanitarian Program
Learn more on Protection Visa: www.racc.net.au/protection-visa-australia
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