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Protection Visas

(Subclass 866)

Protection Visa

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.

Our Immigration Lawyers can help you with your Onshore Protection Visa leading to your Permanent Residency. If you had previously applied for a Protection Visa and had your application refused, we can assist you with appealing your Protection Visa refusal at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

About Subclass 866 Protection Visa

The Protection Visa is a permanent residency visa that allows visa holders to:

  1. stay in Australia indefinitely;
  2. work and study in Australia;
  3. receive Medicare and Centrelink benefits;
  4. sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence; and
  5. eventually apply for Australian Citizenship.

Who can get a Protection Visa?

To be granted a Protection Visa, you must be found to engage Australia’s protection obligations, by virtue of the fact that you either:

  1. are a refugee as defined by section 5H of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) (the Act); or
  2. Satisfy the criteria for Australia’s complementary protection provided by section 36(2)(aa) of the Act.

Lengthy submissions on an applicant’s circumstances and how they satisfy the applicable law must be presented in order to be granted a Protection Visa. Our law practice has handled many successful protection visa applications for people across the globe who come to Australia seeking refuge. We will ensure your Protection Visa application is given the best possible prospects of success.

Contact us if you believe that you are entitled to engage the Australian Government’s protection obligations under the Act. We offer all our prospective clients an initial meeting, during which we understand detailed information regarding your circumstances and thoroughly explain the law surrounding Protection Visas to you. We will then advise you whether you have a good case to present to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.


Tell us a little about your situation and a member from our team will contact you to understand your circumstances and discuss your matter.