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Protection Visa (Subclass 866)

The Protection (Subclass 866) Visa is a part of Australia’s Refugee and Humanitarian program. This visa is for refugees and asylum seekers in Australia who fear persecution or significant harm if they return to their home country. To apply for this visa, you must arrive or have arrived in Australia legally on a valid visa. This visa allows you to sponsor your eligible family members for permanent residence through the offshore Humanitarian Program. You can include members of your family unit which include your spouse, or de facto partner, dependent children, step-children and dependent relatives (which may include parent, brother/sister, grandparent/grandchild, aunt/uncle, cousin, niece/nephew, or step equivalent to any of the above) in your application if they are with you in Australia at the time of application.

Length of the Visa

The Protection (Subclass 866) Visa is a permanent visa. It allows you to say in Australia indefinitely. You are able to apply for Australian citizenship once you meet the eligibility criteria.

Eligibility Criteria


You have a Well-founded fear of persecution if:

Complementary Protection Criteria

Complementary protection is protection for those who are not refugees, but who can’t return to their home country because they will suffer certain types of harm which engage Australia’s other protection obligations. These obligations come from the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CAT) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and have been incorporated into the Act.

You can be granted a protection visa on the basis of complementary protection if there are substantial grounds for believing that there is a real risk you will suffer ‘significant harm’ if you were removed from Australia to your home country.

Significant Harm

Significant harm involves arbitrary deprivation of life, the death penalty, torture, cruel or inhuman treatment or punishment, or degrading treatment or punishment.

It is not considered to be a real risk that you will suffer significant harm if:

Limits on Lodging an Application

You are not eligible to make a valid application for this visa if any of the following circumstances apply to you:

  1. Temporary Protection visa (subclass 785)
  2. Temporary Safe Haven visa (subclass 449)
  3. Temporary (Humanitarian Concern) visa (subclass 786)
  4. Safe Haven Enterprise visa (subclass 790)

Application Process

You must be in Australia to apply for a Protection (Subclass 866) Visa. You can lodge your application online. There are no processing times available for the visa application at this point in time. However, your application may take more than 12 months before it is finalised due to the complex nature of the application.


There is a minimal fee of $35 AUD

Free Visa Assessment

We can help determine your eligibility for the Protection visa. Please email us your details at or call us on 02 96357903 and we will provide you with more detailed information on the steps, fees and process.

DISCLAIMER: The information provided here is only for general understanding and does not constitute legal advice.

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