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Offshore applicants, are living outside their home country and are persecuted in their home country.
Applicants would usually need to be referred by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) to the Australian Government for consideration.
This is people who are living in and subject to persecution in their home country, and have not been able to leave that country to seek refuge elsewhere.
Available for offshore applicants, are living outside their home country, are subject to substantial discrimination amounting to a gross violation of human rights in their home country, and are proposed by an Australian Citizen, Australian Permanent Resident, Eligible New Zealand Citizen who did not come as an Illegal Maritime person on or before 13 August 2012. Or organisation in Australia.
This visa has special fast track arrangements for people who satisfy refugee criteria and whose lives or freedom depend on urgent resettlement. Available for people persecution in their home country and assessed to be in a situation such that delays due to normal processing could put their life or freedom in danger.
Available for female applicants, and their dependents, who are subject to persecution or are of concern to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), are living outside their home country without the protection of a male relative and are in danger of victimisation, harassment or serious abuse because of their gender. The majority of applicants who are considered under this category are identified and referred to the Australian Government by the UNHCR.