Some migrants may have to get an Assurance of Support before they can get a visa to live in Australia.
The Department of Immigration and Border Protection decides which visa applications need an Assurance of Support.
We decide who can be an assurer. We will need to interview you to decide whether you can be an assurer. You can find more information on becoming an assurer below.
You need to know
About the Assurance of Support
An Assurance of Support is a legal agreement between an Australian resident or organisation (the assurer) and the Australian Government. The assurer agrees to support the migrant (the assuree) in Australia so that the assuree does not need to rely on government payments.
Each Assurance of Support can cover up to 2 adults and an unlimited number of their dependent children.
As a security measure, the assurer may also be asked to provide a bank guarantee by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia. Assurers should be prepared to deposit money with the bank to cover the value of the bank guarantee.
Types of Assurance of Support
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship decides which visa applications need an Assurance of Support. There are 2 types of Assurance of Support:
Mandatory Assurance of Support
A visa applicant must have an Assurance of Support to apply for these visa categories:
- aged dependent relative
- contributory parent
- last remaining brother, sister or non-dependent child outside Australia, or
Discretionary Assurance of Support
The Department of Immigration and Citizenship could ask a visa applicant to get an Assurance of Support for these visa categories:
- close ties
- former citizen, or
- orphaned relative under 18 at the time of application
If the Department of Immigration and Citizenship has asked the visa applicant to get an Assurance of Support, they will need to find an assurer in Australia and send the letter from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship to that person or organisation.
To become an assurer, you have to meet all of the following conditions. You must:
- have an income greater than the threshold for the current financial year
- have income greater than the threshold for the previous financial year
- be an Australian resident
- be 18 or older
- provide proof of identity, and
- be able to get a bank guarantee, if required
If you meet the requirements, we will accept your Assurance of Support and tell the Department of Immigration and Citizenship directly.
Individuals and corporations such as businesses and unincorporated bodies, such as community groups, can provide an Assurance of Support if they can provide proof of company registration in Australia and they meet income test requirements.Organisations do not have to do an income test but must always supply a bank guarantee regardless of the visa type being applied for.
If you have been asked to become an assurer for someone and you would like more information, contact us on 132 850 or visit your nearest service centre.
Assurance of Support bank guarantee
For a 2 year Assurance of Support, the bank guarantee amount is $5,000 for a single visa applicant and $7,000 if there are 2 visa applicants.
For a 10 year Assurance of Support, the bank guarantee amount is $10,000 for a single visa applicant and $14,000 if there are 2 visa applicants.
Where the assurer is an organisation, the organisation must provide a $10,000 guarantee for a 2 year Assurance of Support and a $20,000 guarantee for a 10 year Assurance of Support.
Assurance of Support periods
An Assurance of Support can last for 2 or 10 years, depending on the type of visa. The period starts from the date the migrant arrives in Australia, or the date that the visa is granted (whichever is the later date). Generally, the migrant and their dependants will not be able to claim payments from us in this period.
An Assurance of Support remains active until the end of the Assurance of Support period, even if the migrant would normally be exempt from the 2 year waiting period after being granted a visa. There are no exemptions from the Assurance of Support provisions. If the migrant receives any of our payments during the Assurance of Support period, the assurer must repay this money.
Once the Assurance of Support has been accepted and the visa has been issued, the Assurance of Support cannot be cancelled except in very limited circumstances.
For example, the Assurance of Support cannot be cancelled due to events such as financial hardship, breakdown in relationships or the migrant obtaining Australian citizenship.
Apply to provide Assurance of Support
To become an assurer, you will need to fill in an Application to Provide an Assurance of Support form, then return the completed form and any required documents to your nearest service centre.
We may provide financial support to a migrant during the period of an Assurance of Support if the assurer cannot provide support, or the migrant cannot accept support. We will usually speak to both the assurer and migrant before providing any financial support.
If any of the following payments are paid to a migrant during the Assurance of Support period, the assurer will have to repay the money to us. These payments include:
- Newstart Allowance
- Parenting Payment (Partnered)
- Parenting Payment (Single)
- Sickness Allowance
- Special Benefit
- Widow Allowance
- Youth Allowance
Any money to be repaid will be recovered from the assurer or from the assurer’s bank guarantee if one is in place. If the bank guarantee has stopped, we will ask the assurer for the money.
Assurance of Support Bank Guarantee Release
If you have provided a bank guarantee for an Assurance of Support, use the Assurance of Support Bank Guarantee Release form to apply to have your bank guarantee released at the end of the Assurance of Support period.
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