The Sponsored Family visa requires applicants to be sponsored by a family member in Australia who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident.
The sponsored tourist visa has more restrictive visa conditions than the Tourist Visa 600. In some cases, a security bond may need to be paid to the department as requested. The bond paid to the department is fully refundable provided the visa holder complies with all the visa conditions. If you are planning to visit family, you can also apply for the Tourist Visa that does not require sponsorship or a bond.
In many cases a sponsor might have to pay a fully refundable bond to the Australian Government when the Department suspectes the genuiness of your visit but still issues a visa. The value of a bond does vary and can be a high as 10,000AUD per person.
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A sponsor cannot sponsor more than one person at the same time, unless the applicate is the member of the same family unit. (A family unit is made up of the head of the family, their partner and their dependent children). Also, other relatives can be included in the family unit if they are dependent on the head of the family. However, IST do not recommend adding additional applicants. If anyone of the additional applicants fails the visa process all other members will also fail there visa applications.
IST understands that families like to reunite with more than one person at a time, if you do wish to sponsor more than one family member to visit you please call our Migration Agent and Lawyer Hanh Ho, Hanh has helped many families reunite in Australia for occasions such as Christmas, child births, and family member funerals.
For sponsors that have already sponsored a visitor, you must wait until their visa expires before applying to sponsor another applicant, unless your next sponsorship is for a member of the family unit of someone you are currently sponsoring and they are proposing to travel to Australia for the same purpose as the previous applicant.
If you have a ‘No further stay’ condition on your visa, you cannot apply for a new visa while you are in Australia, except in extremely limited circumstances. You must leave Australia no later than the date on which your visa ends. Should you require a No Further Stay condition waived our Migration Agent and Lawyer Hanh Ho can help you obtain a waiver.
As a sponsor, you will guarantee that the applicant will leave Australia before their visa expires. You might also have to pay a security bond.
Have you been refused a Tourist or Partner Visa due to using unreliable services or an inadequate visa application? We are here to help you solve the problem.
If your visitor does not comply with all the conditions of their visa, you will usually be unable to sponsor another visitor for this visa for five years and might lose your security bond.
If you have previously sponsored a visitor and they did not abide by the conditions of their visa, you will usually not be able to sponsor another visitor in the same visa class for five years. However, there are some special circumstances such as sponsoring a partner that the five year ban can be waived. In order to waive this condition you must use a registered Australian migration agent, our Migration Agent and Lawyer Hanh Ho can help you overcome the departments concerns about sponsoring another person.
Bonds are not required for all applicants as the department decides on a case-by-case basis whether to ask for a security bond. The department will tell you know in writing if you need to provide a bond and how much the bond will be. The purpose of the bond is to ensure the sponsor upholds their obligations and the visa holder abides by all visa conditions.