Eligibility to give an assurance of support

To be eligible to become an assurer for an assurance of support you must meet certain criteria.

Eligibility criteria

To be an assurer you must:

  • pass the income test for the current and 2 previous financial years
  • be an Australian resident and be in Australia when you submit your application
  • be 18 or older
  • give us proof of identity
  • be able to get a bank guarantee if we ask for one
  • not owe money to the Australian Government

Incorporated and unincorporated organisations

An organisation can be an assurer. To do this they must be:

  • a genuine incorporated or unincorporated organisation, and
  • able to support the assuree

They need to give us proof:

  • of registration
  • of steady trading for at least 24 months before the date you apply

The organisation must be genuine. It can’t be set up just to be able to give an assurance of support.

To prove an organisation is genuine we need to see documents that could be:

  • tax returns
  • letters from their accountant, or
  • a statement from the Australian Securities Investments Commission (ASIC)

Check if you’re eligible

Use our Assurance of Support checker to work out if you’re eligible to be an assurer. This will also let you know if you meet the financial requirements.

Income test

The income you need to pass this test depends on:

  • how many people are in your immediate family
  • if you’ll have 1 or 2 adult assurees
  • if you’ll be the only assurer or giving a joint assurance
  • how many dependent children you have

If you’re an organisation, the income test doesn’t apply to you, but you must give us a bank guarantee.

The Community Support Program is the only visa type where organisations don’t currently need to give a bank guarantee.

If you’re still unsure, call the Assurance of Support for visa applicants line or ask at a service centre.

Page last updated: 18 April 2018