The Special Humanitarian Program (SHP) visa is for people who, while not being refugees, are subject to substantial discrimination and human rights abuses in their home country. People who wish to be considered for a SHP visa must be proposed for entry by an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18, an eligible New Zealand citizen or an organisation operating in Australia.
To be eligible for this visa a person must:
- be subject to substantial discrimination amounting to gross violation of their human rights in their home country; and
- be living outside their home country; and
- have their application supported by a ‘proposer’ who is one of the following:
- an Australian citizen or permanent resident over the age of 18
- an eligible New Zealand citizen
- an organisation operating in Australia
The applicant’s spouse, dependent children and/or certain dependent relatives living with the applicant may be included in the application if they meet the eligibility criteria.
Successful applicants under the Special Humanitarian Program or their proposer must pay for the applicant to travel to Australia.