- What is the Global Specialised Humanitarian (subclass 202) Visa?
- What can you do on the 202 Visa?
- Am I eligible for the 202 Visa?
- Family members you can include in the 202 Visa application
- How much does the 202 Visa cost?
- How long can you stay on the 202 Visa?
- What is the processing time for the 202 Visa?
- What are my obligations on the 202 Visa?
- Health insurance under the 202 Visa
The Global Specialised Humanitarian (subclass 202) Visa is designed for applicants who face substantial discrimination or abuse of their human rights. Applicants must have a proposer (see below) and immediate family in Australia to stay with.
The 202 Visa allows you to
- Live in Australia permanently
- Find employment
- Study in Australia
- Attend free English language classes provided by the Adult Migrant English Program (AMEP)
- Propose eligible family members to come to Australia
- Enrol in Australia’s public health scheme (Medicare)
- If eligible you can apply for Australian citizenship
- Travel to and from Australia as many times as you’d like within the first 5 years of the visa being granted. After this you may need to apply for a resident return visa to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.
Note: When working, you are protected by Australian workplace law. See your workplace rights and entitlements.
202 Visa Eligibility Criteria
- Be living outside Australia and outside your home country at the time of your application lodgement
- Have a proposer, an Australian citizen, an Australian Permanent resident or an organisation in Australia. Immediate family members can also propose you for the 202 Visa if they meet the requirements for a split-family application.
- Meet health and character requirements
- Have signed the Australian values statement
- Have paid back any outstanding debt to the Australian government
- Be in Australia at the time of application (secondary applicants you are including in your application can be in or outside Australia at the time of application but cannot be in immigration clearance)
Note: Your proposer holds requirements to help the applicant settle in Australia
202 Visa Cost
There is no visa application charge for this visa unless you are proposed under the Community Support Program by an Approved Proposing Organisation.
Additional costs: Your proposer might need to pay for your travel to Australia if you are unable to.
Note: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) offers a range of travel assistance for Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202) Visa holders
This includes their No-Interest Loan Scheme (NILS). They can provide you with:
- a no-interest loan of up to 75% of the travel costs for you and your family to come to Australia under NILS
- travel bookings
- advice and necessary support for your family’s journey to Australia
Under the 202 Visa, you can include eligible family members in your application, you can also add family members at any point after lodging an application before the department makes a decision on your application. All family must meet Australian health and character requirements.
Family members for this visa include
- Your partner
- Dependent children
- Your partners dependent children
- Other relative that is dependant (this includes children, sibling/s, parent, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew or cousin)
If your child or family are not dependant on you or your partner, they must apply for their own visa
Note: You must declare all family members, even if they are not applying with you. Or you will not be able to propose them for a refugee or humanitarian visa at a later time.
202 Visa Stay
This is a permanent visa; it allows indefinite stay in Australia.
Note: under the 202 Visa, you become a permanent resident as soon as you enter Australia
202 Visa Processing Time
As of January 2023, 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., the 202 Visa is subject to yearly caps and the number of applicants applying for the Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) each migration year is greater than the number of available places.
Groups prioritised by the SHP are in the order below
- Your proposer is:
- An immediate family member who was granted a class XB visa
- A relative who lives in a regional location in Australia and does not hold a Protection (XA-866) or Resolution of Status (CD-851) visa
Note: “regional” Australia is defined by the department of home affairs as anywhere outside of Sydney, Melbourne or Brisbane
- Your proposer is a close family member who does not hold a Protection or Resolution of Status Visa. A close family member is a partner, child, parent or sibling who does not meet the split-family eligibility criteria
- Your proposer is an extended family member who does not hold a Protection or Resolution of Status visa. An extended family member is a grandparent, grandchild, cousin, aunt, uncle, niece or nephew.
- Your proposer is a friend or distant relative and does not hold Protection or Resolution of Status Visa. Or is a community organisation.
- Your proposer holds a Protection or Resolution of Status Visa
If your proposer is an Australian citizen, your application will be processed under the prioritisation group 2,3 or 4 depending on your relationship to them. If your proposer holds a Protection or Resolution of Status visa, the department will process your application under the order shown above (depending on your relationship to them) once they become an Australian citizen.
Your application’s processing time may be longer if:
- Your application is not filled in correctly
- All necessary documents aren’t included in your application or more information is requested by the Department of Home Affairs
- Information about you needs to be verified
202 Visa Obligations
- You must obey all Australian laws and meet all visa conditions attached to your 202 Visa
- You must enter Australia by the date on your visa grant letter issued by the Department of Home Affairs (DoHA)
- Inform the department if anything changes. This includes changes to your relationship status, the birth of a child (or stepchild) and any changes to personal details such as phone number, address or passport.
Holders of a Subclass 202 Visa are eligible to enrol in Australia’s public-health cover (Medicare).