Who is eligible?

A person may be eligible if:

  • they are outside Australia
  • they have been identified as a refugee or a person subject to persecution or substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of human rights in their home country and deemed to be in humanitarian need.

Applicants must also satisfy the decision maker that there are compelling reasons for giving special consideration to the grant of a visa. This criterion is common to all permanent visa subclasses under the offshore Humanitarian Programme. It involves an assessment of various factors including:

  • the degree of persecution or discrimination to which the applicant is subject in their home country
  • the extent of the applicant’s connection with Australia
  • whether or not there is any suitable country available, other than Australia, that can provide for the applicant’s settlement and protection from discrimination
  • the capacity of the Australian community to provide for the permanent settlement of persons such as the applicant in Australia.

Most humanitarian visas are granted to applicants who are outside their home country. If a person is living in their home country, it is unlikely that they will meet the criteria to be granted a refugee or humanitarian visa.
See: Refugee and Humanitarian Visas