To be granted a Protection visa (subclass 866) you will need to be found to engage Australia’s protection obligations because you either:

  • Are a refugee as defined by the Migration Act 1958
  • Meet the complementary protection criteria in the Migration Act 1958.

You might also be eligible for a Protection visa if you are the family member of a person found to engage Australia’s protection obligations.

You might be able to get a Protection visa (subclass 866) if all of the following apply:

  • You arrived in Australia legally
  • You engage Australia’s protection obligations
  • You meet the health, character and security requirements
  • You meet one of the following criteria:
    • You are a refugee as defined by the Migration Act 1958
    • You meet the complementary protection criteria in the Migration Act 1958.
    • You are not barred from lodging a Protection visa application
    • The minister is satisfied that the grant of the visa is in the national interest.