Applicants for these refugee and humanitarian visas must be offshore at the time of application and decision. Please see here for onshore refugee visas.
These visa subclasses are subject to severe caps.
Refugee Visa (200)
This is a permanent visa for people who are subject to persecution in their home country, but currently residing in another country. Typically, applicants would need to be referred by the UNHCR.
In-country Special Humanitarian (201)
This is a permanent visa for people who are subject to persecution in their home country, are living in home country and have not been able to leave to seek refuge elsewhere.
Global Special Humanitarian (202)
It is a permanent visa for applicants who are subject to substantial discrimination, amounting to a gross violation of human rights, in their home country. Applications for a Global Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 202) must be supported by an eligible proposer in Australia.
Emergency Rescue (203)
This is a permanent visa for applicants who are subject to persecution in their country of residence and have a urgent and compelling need to travel to Australia as the result of an immediate threat to the person’s life or security. Typically, this person would be referred by the UNHCR.
Woman at Risk (204)
This is a permanent visa for female applicants who are registered with the UNHCR as a person of concern, living outside their home country without the protection of a male relative and due to their gender, are in danger of victimisation, harassment, molestation or abuse.