Thursday, 28 July 2022
Media release

Further visa support for Ukrainians in Australia

The Government is continuing to support Ukrainians and their immediate family members in Australia by providing access to additional visa pathways.

Ukrainian nationals who arrive on a temporary visa and are unable to access any further visa options and cannot return to Ukraine, may apply for a Bridging E (subclass 050) visa or a Protection (subclass 866) visa.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs, Andrew Giles acknowledged that there would be some Ukrainian nationals unable to accept the offer of a Temporary Humanitarian Stay by 31 July 2022.

“Since February 2022, the Government has granted over 8,600, mostly temporary, visas to Ukrainians in Ukraine and hundreds more to Ukrainians elsewhere. In that time, nearly 3,800 of these visa holders have arrived in Australia,” Minister Giles said.

“We want to ensure this cohort, both onshore and offshore, can continue to reside in the Australian community for as long as they need, through a range of short and long term visa pathway options.

“That is why temporary Ukrainian visa holders, post 31 July, will be able to access additional visa options, provided they meet the relevant eligibility requirements.

“Visas for Ukrainians will also continue to be processed as a priority.” Minister Giles said.

Additional support will be available to Ukrainians and their families who chose to apply for a Bridging E visa or a Protection visa. Depending on the type of visa sought and granted, this may include eligibility to receive Medicare, work rights or eligibility to apply for work rights, publically funded schooling for children, and access to free translating and interpreting services.

Ukrainians and their families who wish to extend their stay in Australia or explore migration options can also continue to access alternate visa pathways including the skilled, family, student and visitor visa programs.

The Department encourages Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members to explore what visa options are suitable for them at Explore visa options.