The visa subclass 202 is the Global Special Humanitarian (offshore) Visa which is a permanent residence visa.

Successful visa applicants will be able to:

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

With this visa you can settle in Australia if you face considerable discrimination or human rights exploitations, and have a proposer, and stay in Australia indefinitely with your dependent family members.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Applicants may be able to get the visa if:

  • they are living in their home country
  • have a proposer who must be one of the following an Australian citizen; an Australian permanent resident or an organization in Australia
  • they are subject to persecution in their home country
  • they have not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere i
  • If you are 18 years of age or older, you must confirm you will respect the Australian way of life and obey Australian laws by signing or accepting the Australian Values Statement.
  • If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

Step 1 – Arrange your documents

This type of visa application must contain strong evidences. You must provide all required documents otherwise you cannot expect visa grant.

Step 2 – Apply for the visa

Apply for this visa online (preferred method of lodgment) or by post.

Provide accurate information. See what happens if you can’t prove your identity or don’t provide true information.

Apply online

Apply online via our webform. Attach documents, including the required forms:

  • Form 842 – Application for an Offshore Humanitarian visa
  • Form 681 – Refugee and special humanitarian proposal.

Apply on paper

You can post or courier your completed paper application and supporting documents to us.

Postal address

Special Humanitarian Processing Centre
Department of Home Affairs
GPO Box 9984

Courier deliveries

Special Humanitarian Processing Centre
Department of Home Affairs
Level 3, 26 Lee Street

Step 3 – After you apply

DHA will let you and your proposer (if you have authorized them) know when we have received your application and documents.

Health exams: DHA will let you know if you need health examinations.

Biometrics: You might be asked for biometrics (fingerprints and photo).

If you made any mistake in the application or provided any wrong answer, then complete Form 1023 Notification of incorrect answers (168KB PDF).

Step 4 – Visa outcome

  • You will be notified with the following information if visa granted:
  • your visa grant number
  • the date your visa starts
  • your visa conditions, if applicable
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

There is no visa application charge for this visa unless you are proposed under the Community Support Program by an Approved Proposing Organization.

Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia

You or your proposer must pay for you to travel to Australia.

Once you arrive, your proposer has responsibilities to help you settle in Australia.

The Australian Government also offers some general support services for visa holders.

You can contact the following organizations and programs for help.

International Organization for Migration

If your visa is approved, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) offers a range of travel assistance for Global Special Humanitarian (subclass 202) visa holders, including the No-Interest Loan Scheme (NILS).  IOM 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 support for your family’s journey to Australia
Source: International Organization for Migration website