All illegal maritime arrivals who are seeking protection in Australia must apply for a Temporary Protection visa or Safe Haven Enterprise visa before 1 October 2017.
Illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) will be barred from lodging a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) and Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) application from 1 October 2017. IMAs who do not lodge will lose access to support services other than Medicare and education for school age children. If you are an IMA and do not lodge a visa application, it will be taken that you no longer intend to seek protection in Australia. Information is available in several languages to help you lodge a TPV or SHEV application. See Protection Application Information and Guides.
Electronic lodgement of Special Humanitarian Programme applications now available
Special Humanitarian Programme (SHP) applications can now be lodged electronically. You and your proposers need to complete the application forms on your computer and submit them with the relevant documentation.
See: Lodging certain humanitarian applications in Australia.