The In-country Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 201) is for an individual who is living in and subject to persecution in their home country, and have not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere. This is a permanent visa.
An individual might be able to get this visa if:
- They are living in their home country
- They are subject to persecution in their home country
- They have not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere.
If a member of the individuals immediate family was granted this visa in the past five years, they can propose the individual for this visa under ‘split family’ provisions. Kindly find more information at Proposing an Immediate Family Member (‘Split Family’).
The individual must be outside Australia when they apply for an In-country Special Humanitarian visa (subclass 201). They must also be outside Australia when the visa is decided.
If they want to travel outside Australia, they will need to get a travel document. After five years, they will need a Resident Return Visa to re-enter Australia.
What does this visa allow for:
This permanent residence visa allows an individual to:
- Stay in Australia indefinitely
- Work and study in Australia
- Enroll in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for health-related care and expenses
- Access certain social security payments
- Apply for Australian citizenship (after they have lived in Australia for four years)
- Propose or sponsor family members for permanent residence
- Attend English language classes.
There are no costs associated with this visa unless the individual is applying under the Community pilot. The Australian Government pays for:
- Travel costs to Australia
- Other costs before they leave for Australia, including medical examinations and cultural orientation
The individual can include the following people in their visa application at the time of lodgement:
- Their partner (married or de facto)
- Their or their partner’s dependent children
- Other dependent relatives.
These family members must meet the requirements for including family members in their application. They could be asked to provide evidence of their relationship to the individual. This could include marriage certificates, birth certificates, joint bank accounts and other relevant documents.
Non-dependent children who want to apply for entry to Australia on humanitarian grounds must apply for this visa separately.
In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, there are other factors and criteria to be taken into consideration.