Temporary Protection Visas to be restored

The Federal Government will seek to restore Temporary Protection Visas for refugees after the High Court rejected its current policy of restricting the number of permanent visas available. Temporary Protection Visas (TPVs) allow refugees to stay in Australia for three years before facing a review of their refugee status. Immigration Minister Scott Morrison had capped the number of protection visas at 2,773 per year.

The High Court ruling followed separate applications to the court from two asylum seekers – an Ethiopian boy and a Pakistani man – who were found to be refugees, but had been denied protection visas because of the cap.

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