How to apply for asylum in Australia? Refugees in Australia

You can apply for asylum in Australia at any immigration service in Australia. If you are not in Australia, you can apply at any UNHCR office close to you. You will need to show that you are not safe in your country. And that your country is not able to protect you. If you are in Australia, immigration officers will ask you how you have come to Australia. If you didn’t come in a regular way in Australia, your application process might be different. If you are not in Australia, first you need to get a refugee visa to come to Australia.

How to apply for asylum in Australia?

You can apply for asylum in Australia at immigration services in Australia. Or you can apply at any UNHCR offices if you are not in Australia.

If you did not have a valid visa when you came to Australia, the Australian government might detain you or not. And you might have to wait to apply for asylum.

You can apply for asylum in Australia at the Department of Home Affairs. They are the people who assess your asylum claim.

The main steps of applying for asylum in Australia are the following.

  • You submit a written application in person at the Immigration office.
  • After you submit your application for asylum, immigration officers will interview you.
  • You will receive a decision on whether you have the right to protection in Australia.
  • If the decision is positive, you will receive a permanent protection visa.
  • If the decision is negative, you can appeal at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
  • The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) can decide to grant you asylum in Australia.
  • If the AAT refuses to give you asylum, you can appeal to the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

How do I get a refugee visa for Australia?

To get a refugee visa for Australia, you need to show the following.

  • You are not present in person in Australia, you are offshore in Australia.
  • You’re persecuted in your own country.
  • You have “compelling reasons” to ask for asylum in Australia. These compelling reasons are a combination of how much of the following applies to you.
    You face discrimination or persecution in your country.
    You have connections to Australia.
    You don’t have options elsewhere.
    Australia can provide for your permanent settlement.
  • You will not be a significant burden on the Australian health system.
  • You don’t have a significant criminal record.
  • You want to follow the Australian way of life.

You can read more on this Australian Government website.

Rejoin the split family in Australia

If you have family living in Australia, they may start your visa application. This is the spouse split family application.

The family member may include your:

  • Spouse.
  • Dependent child or the stepchild
  • The parent or the step-parent

Can asylum seekers work in Australia?

People who are seeking asylum in Australia are not allowed to work. Once you get refugee status, you will be able to work in the country.

Sources: Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

The above cover image shows somewhere on Gold Coast, Australia. Photo by Brad O’Reilly on Unsplash


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16 responses to “How to apply for asylum in Australia? Refugees in Australia”

  1. Cathytun

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  2. Nan Myint Htay

    Burma is really bad. My mother is no longer with us. I live alone. I want a chance to apply for asylum to go to the third country. Please help me. Give me a chance.🙏🙏🙏

    1. editor@alinks.org

      Hello, I’m sorry to hear of your situation. Please send us an email to the address contact us – we will reply to you there with information and advice on how to seek asylum. I look forward to your email, please contact us as soon as possible.

  3. Koudri Oussama

    Civil status:
    Surname and first name: Koudri Oussama
    Born on: 24/ 06/1994 in chètaibi wilaya (department) of Annaba
    Nationality : Algerian
    Adress: Zaouïa / Chètaibi Health Unit
    Phone : (213) 0775024519
    Family status: Single
    Driving license holder Category: B
    Study and training :
    – The diploma of qualified sailor Category 03
    – The confectionery manufacturing diploma
    – The sanitary and gas installation diploma
    – The diploma of Accounting Technician Category 04
    – The diploma of applied university studies (D.E.U.A) Banking and monetary techniques
    – Computer technician diploma
    – Men’s Hairdressing Diploma

    Professional experience :
    – 2016: 8 months of practical confectionery manufacturing
    – 2016: 3 months internship in the boat
    – 2016: 2 years and 06 months internship in the municipality
    – 2017: 1 practical day of Sanitary installation
    – 2018: 1 month internship in the bank
    – 2021: 2 years and 06 months internship in the municipality

    – Language: Arabic / French / English
    – Immediate availability: Sense of professional responsibility / Seriousness.
    – Sports: Reading.
    – Mastery of the computer tool: Average

    Mark : I went asile for humaine en Australie

  4. Rebeka

    Due to the expansion of the Russian-Ukrainian war, the security of Hungary was also threatened. My family member does not live in Hungary, my child lives here, can I apply for refugee status? I’m retired.
    Thank you very much.

    1. mon pays ( le Mali) est en guerre depuis longtemps.
      il y a l’insécurité total dans mon village natal et dans la ville dont actuellement je vis
      et je suis menace de mort par les terroristes
      pouvez vous m’accorder un statut de réfugié en Australie pour ma sécurité.

      1. допомога

        В звязкуз війною в Україні я хочу переїхати у Австралію

  5. Abdullah

    Merhabalar yaşamış olduğum ülkede bir grup tarafından darp edildim onlar tarafından hala yaşamım tehdit altında ve ırkımdan doldayı dışlanıyorum. Avustralya’ya iltica etmek istiyorum yardımcı olur musunuz lütfen

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  7. Mr.Nitisak Laphawong

    Good morning Officer.

    I would like to speak with you about seeking asylum in this country.
    I come from Thailand and I fear persecution based on my political opinion in a particular social group. I have evidence to support my claim.In my country, individuals who hold my political opinion in a particular social group. are targeted and subjected to violence and discrimination. I have experienced

    1 Being forced to resign from my government position.
    2 Income has been cut in all forms and
    I do not have sufficient assets or skills to live independently.

    Unfortunately, the authorities in my country are unable or unwilling to provide protection to individuals like me. There is a lack of trust in the government’s ability to address these issues.

    My Question ?

    1 The documents required include what, please?
    2 How long does the process typically take, and what are the next steps
    3 When I stay in your country, how can I generate income initially?

    Emergency situation, urgently in need of assistance.
    Running out of money and food.


    Occupation: Graphic Design, Programming
    Surname and Given Name: Nitisak Laphawong
    Date of Birth: 14/06/1968 in Bangkok
    Nationality: Thailand
    Address: 48/47 A.C.Apartment Room 406 T.Bangken A.Maung
    Nonthaburi Province 11000
    Phone: (66)8-1402-9336
    Marital Status: Single

    Education and Training:
    • Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science from the Rajapak Pranakhon University

    Professional Experience:
    • 2015: 2016: 1 Year is Script Writer in Broadcast Thai Television on CH3-HD
    • 2016-2017: 1 Year is Computer Officer in Tula Computer
    • 2000-2017: 17 Year is Graphics Design in Nopporn Promotion Co.,Ltd.
    • 2017-2023: 5 Years 3 Months is Computer Officer in Royal Irrigation Department

    • Languages: Thai, English

    • Computer Skills:
    Xcode, Android Studio,
    Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate, Unity,
    Copy Writer, Content Creator, Video Editor

  8. Mg

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  9. Ja w PL miałem problemy z znalezieniem pracy UE Amerykanie w Polsce a tu taka głupia sytuacja więc stało to się dla mnie podejrzane 8 lat za kanałem bez żadnych powrotów i Jakoś dziwnym trafem w PL znalazłem pracę czy to jawa czy sny…I z miłą chęcią szukam więcej informacji na temat Azylu po za UE.. Australia Japonia Kanada itd…

  10. good time i like imegrat to Australia to my family we are an Afghan family we come to IRAN we have very problem s in Afghanistan and IRAN too please helpe to me 0093731021000 my watsapnumber is .

  11. Oksana

    Добрый день. В связи с войной в Украине может ли моя семья подать заявление на получения статуса беженца в Австралии?

    1. mudir

      Здравствуйте, вы имеете право подать заявление о предоставлении убежища в Австралии, если вы в данный момент находитесь в Австралии. Если вы не находитесь в Австралии, вы можете подать заявление на получение визы беженца. Это официальная информация на английском языке, при необходимости воспользуйтесь онлайн-переводчиком https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/what-we-do/refugee-and-humanarian-program/refugee-visas.
      Свяжитесь с нами, https://ru.alinks.org/contact-us/, если вам нужна дополнительная помощь.

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