To be eligible for a Humanitarian visa sub class 202 to Australia you must be:
- Living outside your country of nationality
- Subject to substantial discrimination amounting to a gross violation of your human rights.
- proposed for the visa by an Australian citizen or Australian permanent resident or organization IN Australia
- Have compelling reasons for giving special consideration to the grant of a visa
- fall within a priority group
Priority groups within the SHP are listed on the Home Affairs website as:
- applicant is proposed by an immediate family member who holds an SHP visa OR the applicant is proposed by a relative who genuinely resides in a regional location* and who does not hold an Protection (XA-866) or Resolution of Status(CD-851) visa
- applicant is proposed by a close family member who does not hold a Protection (XA-866) or Resolution of Status (CD-851) visa (partners, children, parents and siblings who do not otherwise meet the ‘split family’ definition)
- applicant is proposed by an extended family member who does not hold a Protection (XA-866) or Resolution of Status visa (CD-851) (grandparents, grandchildren, cousins, aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews)
- applicant is proposed by a friend or distant relative who does not hold a Protection (XA-866) or Resolution of Status (CD-851) visa or by a community organisation
- applicant is proposed by or on behalf of a person granted a Protection (XA-866) or Resolution of Status (CD-851) visa. Note – this is only until these proposers become Australian citizens, then applications they propose become priority 1, 2, 3 or 4 according to their relationship.
* Under the SHP, a regional location is anywhere in Australia except Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth or Sydney. Evidence of residency must be provided by the proposer. This could include a telephone, rates or utility bill that shows the proposer’s name and address.
Processing of these applications takes a very long time and they are very hard to be successful even with very strong claims because the Australian government has limited refugee visa’s to grant each year and there are thousands of people applying.