The Woman at Risk visa(subclass 204) is for an individual if they are outside Australia, living outside their home country, do not have the protection of a male relative and are in danger of victimisation, harassment or serious abuse because of their gender.
To be considered for resettlement in Australia under this visa, an individual would usually need to be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the Australian Government. The Woman at Risk visa (subclass 204) is a permanent visa.
An individual might be able to get this visa if:
- They and their dependent family members are living outside of their home country and do not have the protection of a male relative
- Are outside Australia
- They and their dependent family members are in danger of victimisation, harassment, or serious abuse because the individual is a female.
If a member of the individuals immediate family was granted this visa in the past five years, they can propose them under ‘split family’ provisions. Kindly find more information at Proposing an Immediate Family Member (‘Split Family’).
What this visa allows 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 family members for permanent residence
- Attend English language classes.
The individual must be outside Australia when they apply for a Woman at Risk visa (subclass 204). They must also be outside Australia when a visa is granted.
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.
There are no costs associated with this visa, unless they are applying under the Community pilot. The Australian Government pays for:
- Travel costs to Australia
- Other costs before you leave for Australia, including medical examinations and cultural orientation.
In addition to the above-mentioned conditions, there are other factors and criteria to be taken into consideration.