The Protection visa (subclass 866) is a permanent visa. To be granted a Protection visa (subclass 866) you will need to be found to engage Australia’s protection obligations because you either:

  • Are a refugee as defined by the Migration Act 1958

  • Meet the complementary protection criteria in the Migration Act 1958.

You might also be eligible for a Protection visa if you are the family member of a person found to engage Australia's protection obligations.

You and any eligible family members included in the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

This visa allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident and have access to Medicare and Centrelink services.

 

A Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) is a temporary type of protection visa that is valid for five years. It encourages people to work and study in regional Australia.

You will need to meet health, security, character and identity requirements and either:

  • Engage Australia's protection obligations.

  • Be a family member of a person found to engage Australia's protection obligations, and be included in their application for this visa.

You and any eligible family members included in the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

This visa allows you to live and work in Australia for five years. You can access Medicare, social security benefits (Centrelink), job matching and short-term counselling for torture and trauma where required. Adult visa holders will have access to the Adult Migrant English Programme and children are able to go to school.

One benefit of this visa is that you might be eligible to apply for other substantive visas later on (but not a permanent Protection visa) if we assess that you meet the SHEV pathway requirements and provided that you meet the application requirements of those visas. You will meet the SHEV pathway requirements if, for at least three and a half years while on this visa, you have been:

  • Employed in regional Australia and have not received certain social security benefits

  • Enrolled in full-time study in regional Australia, or

  • A combination of the above.

You could also be eligible to apply for a substantive visa if a member of your family unit that was included on your application for this visa meets the above requirements and that family member is included, or includes you, in any subsequent visa application.

You must ask for approval to travel to another country. International travel will only be approved if you can demonstrate compassionate or compelling circumstances that justify the travel. You must not, under any circumstances, travel to the country from which you were found to engage Australia's protection obligations.

If you travel to the country you were granted protection from, or to any other country without approval, you will breach  8570 condition and your visa could be cancelled.

 

A Temporary Protection visa (TPV) is a temporary type of protection visa that is valid for up to three years.

You will need to meet health, security, character and identity requirements and be found to either:

  • engage Australia's protection obligations

  • be a family member of a person found to engage Australia's protection obligations, and be included in their application for this visa.

You and any eligible family members included in the application must be in Australia when you apply for this visa.

 This visa allows you to live and work in Australia for up to three years. You can access Medicare, social security benefits (Centrelink), job matching and short-term counselling for torture and trauma where required. Adult visa holders will have access to the Adult Migrant English Programme and children are able to go to school.

You must ask for approval to travel to another country if you were granted this visa on or after 16 December 2014. International travel will only be approved if you can demonstrate compassionate or compelling circumstances that justify the travel. 
You must not, under any circumstances, travel to the country from which you were found to engage Australia's protection obligations.

If you travel to the country you were granted protection from, or to any other country without approval, you will breach  8570 condition and your visa could be cancelled.

 

Bridging visa A (BVA)

A Bridging visa A (BVA) is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia after your current substantive visa ceases and while your substantive visa application is being processed. It can be granted if you lodge an application in Australia for a substantive visa while you still hold a substantive visa. A BVA does not allow you to return to Australia if you leave.

Bridging visa B (BVB)

A Bridging visa B (BVB) is a temporary visa. It allows you to leave and return to Australia while your application for a substantive visa is being processed. Provided you return to Australia within the specified travel period, a BVB will then allow you to stay in Australia while your substantive visa application is being processed. You can hold a substantive visa and a BVB at the same time.

Bridging visa C (BVC)

A Bridging visa C (BVC) is a temporary visa. It allows you to stay in Australia while your application for a substantive visa is being processed. A BVC can be granted if you lodge an application in Australia for a substantive visa but you do not already hold a substantive visa. A BVC does not allow you to return to Australia if you leave.

Bridging visa D (BVD)

A Bridging visa D (BVD) is a temporary visa. If your substantive visa has ended, it lets you stay in Australia lawfully for a short time until you are able to make a substantive visa application, make arrangements to leave Australia or are granted a Bridging visa E (BVE). It does not let you work or re-enter Australia if you leave.

Bridging visa E (BVE)

A Bridging visa E (BVE) is a temporary visa. If your substantive visa has ended, it lets you stay in Australia lawfully while you make arrangements to leave, finalise your immigration matter or are waiting for an immigration decision. It does not let you re-enter Australia if you leave.