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A Visa sponsor is a person who makes an application on before of another person for them to obtain a visa which will allow them to enter Australia and possibly have other privileges such as to work, seek training or education, care for another or cohabit with another. A sponsor for applicants can seek a number of different visas such as Parent category visa, Contributory Parent category visa, Aged Dependent Relative visa, Remaining Relative visa or Carer visa.  A sponsor must be aged 18 years or over; and an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen; and a relative of the applicant or if specified in the eligibility criteria for the relevant visa class, or a cohabiting partner of the relative of the applicant; and be settled and resident in Australia at the time the application is lodged. Sound and thorough legal advice in from an Immigration Lawyer may be greatly beneficial in a Sponsorship matter.

There are special provisions that allow for a relative, guardian or community organisation to sponsor a parent on behalf of a person who is under 18 years of age.  The relative, guardian or sponsoring organisation should consider that applicants for a Parent visa are not eligible for any Australian Government entitlements including welfare, housing or Medicare prior to visa grant. Therefore, as sponsor, their obligations would continue throughout the visa processing period and for 2 years after visa grant unless their country of origin has a reciprocal agreement with Australia.  ‘Partner’ means your spouse or de facto partner (including same-sex partners). ‘Cohabiting partner’ means living together as husband and wife or as de facto partners. Acceptable evidence of cohabitation would include the relationship status of the sponsor and partner and a current common residential address.Detailed legal advice in from a skilled Immigration Lawyer may be of great assistance in understanding your rights and duties as a sponsor.

A ‘community organisation’ may sponsor a parent on behalf of an applicant who is under 18 years of age regardless of the availability of a relative or guardian to be the sponsor. Types of organisations that might be approved to sponsor include, but are not limited to: community-based, organisations; ethnic organisations;    and church-based groups with which the minor has affiliation or which are assisting the minor in settling. The sponsoring organisation should provide evidence that it has:  a relationship with the person aged under 18 years; the authority of its Board or management committee; the legal capacity to undertake the sponsorship; and evidence of the financial and other resources necessary to support a family for a protracted period. Comprehensive legal advice in from a skilled Immigration Lawyer may be of great assistance in this regard.

A business may also be a visa sponsor. Sponsors with a proven history of compliance with immigration requirements, sponsorship obligations and industrial relations laws are able to apply for sponsorship with Accredited Status. Accredited Status is applied for in the same way as standard business sponsorship (or as a sponsorship variation) via additional questions on the sponsorship application form. Sponsors with Accredited Status are approved for 6 years instead of the standard 3 and receive priority processing. Proper and detailed legal advice in from an Immigration Lawyer may be greatly beneficial in this aspect.

For each visa, there are different eligibility criteria for who can be sponsored and who can sponsor. Consultation with an experienced Immigration Lawyer can be greatly beneficial in this regard the eligibility criteria. If you would like further information or wish to discuss your Immigration matter with us please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone on (02) 9233 4048 or by email to Please peruse our Locations tab to see our other branch locations.  

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