Having a Sponsor or Being a Sponsor

Most Australian family visas need the sponsorship of a closely related family member who is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident to sponsor the visa applicant in their visa application.

When a family visa application, such as a partner visa or a Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa 870 is lodged, it is normally accompanied with a separate sponsorship application.

What family visas need a sponsorship?

The following family visa categories need the sponsorship:

  • Partner visa subclass 309/100; subclass 820/801; subclass 300;
  • Parents visas subclass 103,143, 173, 804, 864, and 884;
  • Sponsored Parent (Temporary) visa subclass 870;
  • Child visa subclass 101/802;
  • Remaining family relative subclass 115/835;
  • Sponsored Family Visitor visa subclass 600;

 Who can be a sponsor for family visas?

  • A sponsor must be over 18 years of age;
  • They must usually reside in Australia;
  • The sponsor must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen;
  • The sponsor must be a close relative of the visa applicant;

Who can be a relative of an applicant?

To be a relative, a person must be the visa applicant’s.

  • Partner (spouse), parent or child;
  • Brother or sister;
  • Grandparent or grandchild;
  • Aunt or uncle;
  • Niece or nephew;
  • The step equivalent of the above people;

The sponsor must meet some basic criteria in order for the sponsorship to be approved.  The Department will not approve the visa without the approval of the sponsorship.

For detailed requirements in relation to the family visa sponsorship, please check with Korrylink for professional advice.


Partner visa subclass 309/100

Parent visa onshore subclass 820/801

Prospective Marriage subclass 300

Contributory parents 143 Visa

Contributory parents 173 visa

Contributory Aged Parents 884 & 864 visas

Parents visa subclass 103

Aged parents 804 visa

Remaining Relative subclass 115/835