Family migration means you apply to move to Australia to join a family member who is a permanent resident or an Australian citizen. A family member includes husbands and wives, de facto partners, parents and children.
Economic migration means you are:
- a professional or skilled worker looking for work or business
- sponsored by an employer to work.
Refugees through the Humanitarian Program
You are a refugee if you leave your country because you have good reason to feel at risk of serious harm there. If you come to Australia as a refugee, you will need to prove that:
- you may be persecuted for your race, religion, nationality, political beliefs, and/or membership of a social group. Being persecuted means that you are hurt or treated very badly by people who have power over you, like police or soldiers. This could include them hurting you, or putting you in prison without a good reason.
- your own country is unable or unwilling to protect you from harm.
If you are a refugee, you can apply for a protection visa to stay in Australia.
Getting a protection visa
To apply for a protection visa, you must fill in an application form and explain why you cannot go back to your home country. The application fee is $35.
The is the government department that will decide if you meet its rules about who is a refugee. If the department agrees that you are a refugee, they will give you a temporary protection visa. This means you have permission to live in Australia for the amount of time on your visa.
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Reviewed 04 March 2022