Background to Form 1418, To Be Completed By The Applicant.
This is the other applicable stream under this visa known as Australian Visitor Visa Subclass 600 Sponsored Family Stream. To obtain a visa under this stream you must be able to show:
- you are travelling to Australia as a genuine visitor
- you are sponsored by an eligible relative or an Australian government official.
You may be requested to provide a security bond. This is decided on a case-by-case basis, and you will be informed in writing if you need to provide a bond.
- is usually between AUD5000 and AUD15,000 per person (but the department can ask for any amount)
- must be paid in full before a final decision can be made on the visa application
- is refunded if your visitor leaves Australia before their visa expires and, if they have complied with all visa conditions.
It should be noted, however, under the Migration Act 1958 the decision to request a security bond is at the discretion of the delegated officer.
Therefore, depending on the circumstances of the individual case, the delegated officer may ask for a security bond of any amount that they see as appropriate.
The purpose of the security bond is to give the decision-maker assessing your application additional assurance that you will comply with all visa conditions and that you will leave Australia on or before the expiry of your Visitor visa – Sponsored Family stream.
If the delegated officer determines that a security bond needs to be lodged in support of your application, your sponsor will be sent details of how and where to lodge the security bond. The time limit for lodging the security bond is 35 days.
Once the bond has been lodged, the decision-maker will be notified, and will be able to finalise the processing of your application.
If a security bond is requested and not lodged, your application will normally be refused.
The Sponsored Family stream visa has a ‘No further stay’ condition, which means that you cannot apply for a new visa while you are in Australia. This condition may be waived in exceptional circumstances.
You must be outside of Australia when applying for this visa stream.
The application form is 1418
The visa is normally granted for periods of up to 3months, and in exceptional circumstances 12 months, but often for less duration than applied for.
A sponsor must:
- Be an Australian citizen or permanent resident
- be older than 18 years of age
- have been settled in Australia for a reasonable period (usually more than 2 years).You must also be one of the following:
- a relative of the applicant (partner, parent, child, brother, sister, grandparent, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece, nephew, or the ‘step’ or adopted equivalent of any of these)
- a relative of a person who is a member of the applicant’s family unit and who is also applying for a Visitor visa (such as the partner of your brother or sister).
- You cannot be a sponsor for more than one person at the same time, unless they are 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. Other relatives may be included in the family unit if they are fully dependent on the head of the family.
- If you have already sponsored a visitor, you must wait until their visa ceases before applying to be a sponsor again, unless your next sponsorship is for a member of the family unit of someone you are currently sponsoring.
- If you have previously sponsored a visitor and your visitor did not abide by the conditions of their visa, you will normally not be able to sponsor another visitor in the same visa class for five years.In addition, applicants in the Sponsored Family stream may be sponsored by:
- a member of an Australian parliament
- an authorised person representing an Australian Government or Australian state or territory government department or agency
- a local government mayor.
However don’t expect to get that kind of sponsorship easily, I would think it would only apply in humanitarian circumstances.
The visa cost is the same as for the visitor stream $130AUD or currently 5306php
- All Visitor visa – Sponsored Family stream applications must be lodged in Australia.
- Complete and sign form 1418. False or misleading information may lead to refusal or cancellation of your visa, or penalties while in Australia. You may arrange for another person to help you complete the application form, but you must sign it. If you have been assisted in completing the application form, you should only sign the declaration(s) if the information in it is true and correct.
- You must tell the department where you intend to live while your application is being dealt with. Failure to give your residential address will result in this application being invalid. A post office box address will not be accepted as your residential address.
- Send the completed and signed form(s) for you and your family members included in the sponsorship, payment or evidence of payment and all supporting documentation, including a certified copy of each applicant’s passport, to your sponsor in Australia.
- Your sponsor should lodge all applications, together with a completed form 1149 Application for sponsorship for sponsored family visitorsat one of the processing centres in Australia according to the address of your sponsor at the time of lodgement.
- All Visitor visa – Sponsored Family stream applications will be assessed at one of two Sponsored Family Visitor visa processing centres (SFVPC) in:
- Sponsors who live in New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania or the ACT, should lodge their forms by post or courier, directly with the SFVPC (NSW). More information is available from the department’s website www.immi.gov.au/contacts/australia/processing-centres/sfvpc
- Sponsors who live in Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia or Western Australia, should lodge their forms by post or courier directly with the SFVPC (QLD). More information is available from the department’s website www.immi.gov.au/contacts/australia/processing-centres/sfvpc.
- The decision-maker may require you to undergo medical testing or x-ray examinations.
- If the decision-maker determines that a security bond is required, your sponsor will be contacted and will be given
details of how to lodge the security bond.
All applicants must meet Australia’s health requirements. You may be required to undergo a chest XRay, given the high incidence of TB in the Philippines, in order to meet the criteria for the grant of a subclass 600 visa.