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Information about temporary protection visas (TPVs) and Safe Haven Enterprise Visas (SHEVs)

What do I do when my visa ends?

Applying for another temporary visa

A temporary protection visa (TPV) ends after three years, and a Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (SHEV) ends after five years. People who have a TPV or SHEV are now reaching the end of their first visa.

This information is provided by Refugee and Immigration Legal Service (RAILS), a legal organisation in Queensland that helps refugees. It was last checked on February 2019.

This factsheet explains how and when to apply for another visa.

Re-applying for a temporary protection visa or SHEV

The government has published information about what to do to get a new visa. You should apply before your visa expires. If you do, your TPV or SHEV will continue until the government has considered your new application. If you do not apply before your visa expires, the government says you may not be able to apply again.

You can apply for a new visa online using your ImmiAccount or by a paper form.

Once you have made a valid application for a new visa, your existing TPV or SHEV visa will continue while the government makes a decision on the new visa. This is likely to take some time. During this time, you will still be able to get any benefits and keep Medicare while a decision is being made. You do not need to apply for a bridging visa, and you can still go overseas if you get written permission from the Department. You will need to renew your Medicare card and you will need to keep the letter from the government saying you have applied to prove that you still have a valid visa.

For more information on what you need to do and what will happen after you apply, please click the button.

Read the Department’s information

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