1.1.S.290 Sponsor (SpB)
- a family member, OR
- an employer of a migrant.
The obligations of a sponsor are NOT the same as those of an assurer (1.1.A.310), although if a sponsored migrant is also an assuree, the sponsor and the assurer MAY be the same person.
Act reference: SSAct section 7(2) An Australian resident is a person …, section 23(14) For the purposes of this Act other than Part 2.11 and the YA Rate Calculator …
In the case of family sponsorship, the sponsor agrees to provide support and assistance to the migrant for a period of 2 years, commencing from the migrant's date of arrival in Australia OR the date of grant of the relevant visa, whichever is the later. This support includes:
- support to enable them to attend English language courses
- ensuring they have adequate accommodation
- providing any necessary financial assistance
- providing information and advice to help them settle in Australia, and
- telling the person about employment in Australia and advising them of the costs of living in Australia.
Act reference: SSAct section 7(1)-'permanent visa'
An employer sponsor undertakes only to provide employment to the migrant on arrival in Australia, NOT ongoing support.
New residents who need a sponsor
A person who is applying for migration in one of the following cases must be sponsored:
- partner (including de facto)
- prospective marriage partner (fiancé/e)
- child (including adopted child and orphan relative)
- other family which includes
- aged dependant relative
- remaining relative (a family member overseas who is a sibling or non-dependent child).