Visitor visa (subclass 600) - Sponsored family stream Visitor visa (subclass 600) - Sponsored family stream

Visitor visa (subclass 600) - Sponsored family stream offers

Family connection

Visit relatives living in Australia for an immersive family experience.

Sponsor support

Receive financial backing from your Australian family, ensuring a secure visit.

Short stays

Plan a trip for up to three months, perfect for brief but fulfilling visits.

Explore Australia

Discover the country's numerous attractions and rich cultural landscape.

Cultural exchange

Immerse yourself in the Australian way of life, experiencing its unique lifestyle.

Family bonding

Strengthen your familial ties and build deeper connections during your stay.

Leisure travel

Enjoy your holidays with recreational activities across Australia.

Memorable experiences

Create unforgettable memories with your loved ones during your visit.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sponsor Requirement
    • You must be sponsored by an eligible family member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident to apply for a Sponsored Family Stream subclass 600 visa.
  • Security Bond
    • The Australian Department of Home Affairs may require your sponsor to provide a financial security bond.
  • Application Location
    • You must be outside Australia both when you apply for the visa and when the decision is made.
  • Health Requirements
    • You and any family members applying with you must meet the health requirements set by the Department.
  • Character Criteria
    • All applicants must meet the character requirements as per Australian immigration policies.
  • Financial Obligations
    • Any outstanding debts to the Australian government must be cleared or have arrangements in place for repayment.
  • Financial Self-Sufficiency
    • You must possess, or have access to, sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay in Australia.
  • Temporary Stay Intention
    • Your visit must be temporary, respecting any conditions and stay periods attached to your visa.

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Eligibility for Family Sponsorship 

As an Australian citizen or permanent resident aged 18 or above, you hold the privilege of sponsoring various family members to join you in Australia. This opportunity extends to a range of familial relationships, ensuring your loved ones can be close to you.

Family Members You Can Sponsor

Your sponsorship can encompass a wide array of family members, including:

  • Parents and Grandparents
  • Children and Grandchildren
  • Spouse or Partner
  • Siblings (Brothers and Sisters)
  • Aunts and Uncles
  • Nieces and Nephews

Moreover, ‘step’ relationships parallel to the above categories are equally recognised for sponsorship.

Extended Sponsorship Opportunities

In addition to direct relatives, sponsorship can extend to family members of your relatives. For instance, the spouse of your sibling is also eligible under your sponsorship.

Criteria for Being a Suitable Sponsor

To qualify as a sponsor, you should either be:

  • A direct relative of the visa applicant (e.g., parent, child, sibling, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, including ‘step’ equivalents), or
  • A relative of someone in the applicant’s family unit who is also applying for a visa, or
  • A relative of a person in the applicant’s family unit, where that person is applying for a visa.

Exclusions from Sponsorship

Certain relationships do not qualify for sponsorship under this program, including:

  • Fiancés or fiancées
  • In-laws
  • Cousins
  • Friends
  • New Zealand citizens (under this specific program)

Examples of Sponsorship Scenarios

  • If both your parents and your sister are applying, you can sponsor all three simultaneously.
  • You can sponsor your brother-in-law and his daughter (your niece), but not his daughter if she is your cousin.

Additional Sponsorship Capacities

Apart from individual sponsors, the following are also recognized as eligible sponsors:

  • Members of Australian Parliaments
  • Members of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory
  • Mayors
  • Government agencies or instrumentalities of the Commonwealth, States, or Territories.

By understanding these guidelines, you can ensure a smooth process for bringing your family members to Australia, enhancing your life with the presence of your loved ones.

Sponsorship Responsibility

The role of a sponsor is integral to the visitor visa process. When you agree to sponsor someone for a Subclass 600 Visa, your commitment lasts for the entire duration of the issued visa. Your primary duties involve ensuring the visitor complies fully with the conditions of their visa and managing any financial obligations they might incur with the Australian government. It is critical to recognize that not fulfilling these responsibilities could result in the cancellation of the visitor’s visa. In situations where you decide to withdraw your sponsorship before the visa is finalized, be aware that this action could lead to the refusal of the visa application. To formally withdraw your sponsorship, a written notification is required, addressed to the relevant authority. This notification should contain your complete name, date of birth, the application ID or Transaction Reference Number (TRN), and a clear, signed, and dated statement of your intent to withdraw your sponsorship. The gravity of your role as a sponsor cannot be understated, as your actions directly influence the outcome of the visa application.

Sponsorship Cost

Becoming a sponsor for the Subclass 600 Visa is a crucial yet straightforward process with no application fee. However, be prepared that you might need to provide a security bond. The duration of your sponsorship is aligned with the visitor visa’s validity period. You have the convenience of lodging your sponsorship documents from either within Australia or from abroad. Your responsibilities as a sponsor are twofold: firstly, to ensure that the visitor strictly adheres to their visa conditions and, secondly, to cover any debts the visitor may owe to the Australian government. This form of sponsorship provides a structured and secure method to facilitate the visits of family members or friends, ensuring they comply with Australian immigration policies while enhancing personal connections.

Application Process

Check your eligibility and apply for a sponsored Family Visitor visa (subclass 600) with the help of our expert migration consultants. Simplify the process, and benefit from our migration and visa services, expertise, guidance, experience, and ongoing support.

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Exploring Permanent Sponsorship Options for Your Family Members?

If you’re considering sponsoring a family member for a permanent stay in Australia, it’s essential to consult with a registered Migration Consultant to understand the various visa options and requirements. Australia offers several family visa categories, each designed for different family relationships and circumstances.

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