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I am applying to be a refugee

This information is provided by the Refugee & Advice Casework Service, a legal organisation that helps refugees in Sydney. It was last updated in June 2015.

In order to be granted a temporary or permanent protection visa, the Australian government must assess your case and decide that you meet the legal definition of a refugee or that you are eligible for ‘complementary protection’. This fact sheet explains the law that applies to visa applications made on or after 16 December 2014. It only explains some parts of the law, not all parts. If you have questions about any of this information, you should get advice from a Registered Migration Agent.

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Who can apply to be a refugee and how?

This factsheet is provided by Refugee and Immigration Legal Service, a legal organisation that helps refugees in Queensland. It was last checked in January 2018.

This factsheet explains who is eligible to apply for protection to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and the process to do so.

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Am I a refugee?

This factsheet is provided by Refugee Advice & Casework Service, a legal organisation that helps refugees in New South Wales. It was last updated in August 2017.

To be granted a protection visa, the Australian government must decide that you meet the definition of ‘refugee,’ or that you are eligible for ‘complementary protection.’ This factsheet explains what is meant by the terms ‘refugee’ and ‘complementary protection’.

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