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What happens to the security bond?
The security bond will be refunded after the visitor you have
sponsored has left Australia, provided they do not breach any
Visa validity and conditions
Visitor visas are temporary visas. The visa period is determined
on a case by case basis and may be less than the period your
A visa may be granted for a single entry or multiple entries within
a specified period.
Visitors to Australia must be willing and able to abide by their visa
conditions while in Australia. As a sponsor, you are responsible
for ensuring that your visitor complies with their visa conditions.
If any visitor you have sponsored does not depart Australia
before their visa ceases or does not comply with their visa
• their visa may be cancelled or they may be subject to other
• you may become ineligible to sponsor another visitor for
• your security bond may be forfeited.
If your visitor is granted a visa, they should carefully check the
details and conditions on their grant letter. They can also check
their visa details and conditions using Visa Entitlement
Verification Online system (VEVO). Further information on VEVO
is available at
If your visitor requests a waiver of the 8503 ‘No Further Stay’
condition and this results in your visitor remaining in Australia
after their Visitor visa expires, they will still be taken to have
breached the 8531 ‘Must leave before visa expiry’ condition, and
you will still incur the penalties listed above, even if the 8503 is
waived and a further visa is granted.
You need to provide documents to prove your relationship to
each visitor you are seeking to sponsor. This may include, for
example, birth certificates or marriage certificates. You will also
need to provide evidence of your Australian citizenship or
permanent residence status.
You should include as much information as possible to support
your sponsorship application. This includes English translations
of your documents. We may decide your application without
requesting further information from you.
Communication with the sponsor of Visitor visa –
Sponsored Family stream
The visa applicant can authorise you, the sponsor, to receive all
written communications about the visa application, and to act on
behalf of the visa applicant. If this authorisation has been
provided, the Department will communicate with you about the
visa application and will send you any written communications
relating to the visa application that would otherwise have been
sent to the visa applicant. The visa applicant will be taken to have
received any documents sent to you, the sponsor, as if they had
been sent to the visa applicant. The exchange of information may
include personal information. To authorise you to receive all
communications about the application, your sponsored visitor
will need to complete the relevant sections in their application
What is immigration assistance?
A person gives immigration assistance if he or she uses, or
purports to use, his or her knowledge or experience in migration
procedure to assist a person with matters related under the
Migration Act 1958.
The most common times assistance is provided is during visa
application processes, visa cancellation processes or sponsorship
processes (including monitoring or sanctions).
Note: Immigration assistance does not include simply filling in
an application form, translating or interpreting or passing on
information about an application without comment or
Registered migration agents
A registered migration agent is a person who is registered with
the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority
(OMARA) to provide immigration assistance.
If operating in Australia, migration agents must be registered with
Information on registered migration agents, including how to
find one, is available on the OMARA website www.mara.gov.au
A legal practitioner is a lawyer who holds an Australian legal
practising certificate (whether restricted or unrestricted) granted
under a law of an Australian state or territory.
Legal practitioners can provide immigration assistance in
connection with legal practice.
Information on legal practitioners, including how to find one, is
available on the Law Council of Australia website.
Information on legal practitioners can also be sought from the
relevant state or territory legal professional bodies.
The following people do not have to be a registered migration
agent or legal practitioner in order to provide immigration
• a close family member (spouse, child, adopted child, parent,
brother or sister of a visa applicant);
• a sponsor or nominator for a visa applicant;
• a member of parliament or their staff;
• a member of a diplomatic mission, consular post or
An exempt person must not charge a fee for their assistance.
In Australia, if they do charge a fee they are committing an
offence and penalties of up to 10 years jail can apply.
Appointing a registered migration agent/legal practitioner/exempt
To appoint a registered migration agent/legal practitioner/exempt
person you should complete Question 20 Options for receiving
should complete form 956 Appointment of a registered
migration agent, legal practitioner or exempt person.
Form 956 is available from the Department’s website