Protection Application Information and Guides (PAIG)

The Protection Application Information and Guides (PAIG) help people apply for protection. These guides provide instructions about the protection application and assessment process in Australia. However, the guides do not provide migration advice for your individual circumstances.

On 21 May 2017 the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection announced that illegal maritime arrivals (IMAs) will be barred from lodging a Temporary Protection visa (TPV) or Safe Haven Enterprise visa (SHEV) application from 1 October 2017.

If you received a reminder to apply letter you must apply within the timeframes specified in that letter.

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.

More information to help IMAs lodge a TPV and SHEV application is available at, including Frequently Asked Questions (220KB PDF) about the 21 May announcement. If you need more detailed assistance and advice, you should consider engaging a registered migration agent.


More information, including PAIG for illegal arrivals, is available in ten languages:فارسی (Farsi), தமிழ்மொழி (Tamil), العربية (Arabic), پښتو (Pashto), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), বাংলা (Bengali / Bangli), دری (Dari), မန္မာ (Myanmar language / Burmese), اردو (Urdu) and සිංහල (Sinhalese).

Illegal Arrivals (illegal maritime and unauthorised air arrivals)

Lawful Arrivals (authorised arrival by air)