Sub-class 200

Refugee category visas

With these visas you can move to Australia if you are subject to persecution in your home country. These visas allow you and your family to live, work and study indefinitely in Australia.

Stay

Permanently

Processing times

The decision process could take many months, or even years. The number of applications we receive for resettlement each year is far greater than available visas.

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • propose family members for permanent residence

With this visa, you can

  • stay in Australia permanently
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public healthcare scheme, Medicare
  • bring family members for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible become an Australian citizen
  • attend 510 hours of English language classes for free

How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely.

You become a permanent resident when you enter Australia.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts on the day you enter Australia on this visa.

Include family

You can also add certain family members to your application at any time before we decide on your application.

For this visa, your family are:

If your child is not dependent on you, they must apply for their own visa.

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

Family members who are not coming to Australia might also have to meet our health requirement.

It is important to declare all of your family members, even if they will not be applying with you.

If you do not declare a family member in your application, you may not be able to propose them for a refugee and humanitarian visa after you arrive in Australia.

Apply from

You must be outside Australia when you apply. You must also be outside Australia when a visa is granted.

Processing times

The decision process could take many months, even years. The number of applications we receive for resettlement each year is far greater than available visas.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including chest x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Processing times also vary according to individual and family circumstances, such as any health conditions that might require testing or treatment.

We will contact you at key stages of processing and when a decision is made.

Your obligations

You must enter Australia by the date on your visa.

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

Travel

You can travel to and from Australia for 5 years from the date we grant the visa. After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155) or (subclass 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

Additional information

Note: The number of applications we receive for resettlement each year is far greater than available visas.

There are four visa subclasses included in the Refugee category of the Humanitarian Program. They are:

  • Refugee (subclass 200)
  • In-Country Special Humanitarian (subclass 201)
  • Emergency Rescue (subclass 203)
  • Woman at Risk (subclass 204)

You usually need to be referred to the Australian Government by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) .