Protection visa (subclass 866)

About the Visa

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.


Who are eligible (Eligibility and requirement)

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

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


What visa lets you do?

It allows you:

This visa allows you to live and work in Australia as a permanent resident and have access to Medicare and Centrelink services.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

If you want to sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence, you can do so under the family stream. In limited circumstances, you might be able to sponsor your eligible family member for this visa.



AUD 35


Processing time

12 months


* This is the DIBP prescribed cost of the application. This does not include Migration agent’s fees. To obtain the current fees, kindly refer to the above link or DIBP website.

Consult migration agent in your area