About family sponsored stream of visitor visa to Australia

Visitor visa with Tourist stream is for people traveling to Australia as a tourist, to see family or for business for up to three, six or 12 months.

Visitor Visa Sponsored family stream

To apply for family stream of visitor visa you must be sponsored by an eligible family member who is an Australian citizen or permanent resident. You may be also asked to pay a security bond. Unlike other visas, family members cannot be included on one application. Family members who wish to travel to Australia will be required to lodge a separate visa application.

Visitor visa also has 6 different streams to choose from:

Key requirements for family sponsored visa.

To apply for this visa, you will need:

  • to stay of up to 12 months
  • Visit friends and family, cruise or have a holiday
  • If you hold another visa that is expiring and want to stay longer, this visa might suit you.

To apply for Visitor visa in Australia (onshore you) must meet certain criteria. You must have right visa.

Anyone can apply for visitor visa offshore.

Family sponsored visa requirements:

You must meet our health requirement.
You must meet our character requirement.
You must have, or have access to, enough money to support yourself while you are in Australia.
Be a genuine visitor
Provide a letter of invitation from your family member with your application.

You must have a sponsor. Your sponsor can be either:

  • a family member in Australia
  • an Australian government official

If a family member wants to support you without becoming a sponsor, you can apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream.

Becoming Sponsor for Sponsored family stream

To be eligible for family stream visitor visa, suitable family sponsor is required. To become a sponsor, you must be:

  • a family member in Australia
  • an Australian government official

If a family member wants to support you without becoming a sponsor, you can apply for a Visitor visa (subclass 600) Tourist stream. Provide a letter of invitation from your family member with your application.

You can only sponsor one visa applicant at a time.

You must be a relative of:

  • the visa applicant or
  • another applicant, where the other applicant is a member of the family unit of the visa applicant. For example, you could be the uncle of the main visa applicant’s spouse
  • another applicant, where the visa applicant is a member of that other applicant’s family unit

To be a relative, you must be an applicant’s:

  • partner, parent or child
  • brother or sister
  • grandparent or grandchild
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • the step equivalent of the above

A sponsor can’t be a:

  • fiancé
  • in-law
  • cousin
  • friend
  • New Zealand citizen

You can also sponsor a visa applicant if you are:

  • a member of an Australian parliament
  • a member of the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory or the Northern Territory
  • a mayor
  • a government agency or instrumentality of the Commonwealth or a State or a Territory

You must be a settled Australian citizen or permanent resident.

Usually, you must have lived in Australia for the last 2 years. In compelling compassionate circumstances, we might reduce this time.

In some cases, Sponsor may be asked to pay security bond.


  • are usually between AUD 5,000 and AUD 15,000 per person (but we can ask for any amount)
  • must be paid in full before we make a final decision on the visa application
  • will be refunded if your visitor complies with their visa conditions and leaves Australia before their visa expires

Family sponsored visa allows you to stay in Australia 3,6 0r 12 months deepens how long your visa is granted for.

You can’t stay in Australia longer by extending visitor visa. You must apply for a new visitor visa if you want to stay longer.

Visitor visa allows you to come to Australia for a holiday or to visit family and friends.

  • You might be allowed to enter only once. If so, you will need to apply for a new visa if you want to return to Australia again after you leave.
  • You might be able to travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while your visa is valid, but the total time you spend in Australia cannot be more than the period of stay that you have been granted.
  • you may visit family or friends
  • study or train for up to 3 months
  • You can’t work in Australia on a Visitor visa, but you might be able to do volunteering work.

Include family in 600 visa

Any visitor visa doesn’t allow you to attach family members to your application. For visitor visa, each person must apply separately.

How much cost visa to Australia

When you apply for 820 Partner visa you will be able to pay discounted rate.

If you are in Australia you can apply for the Tourist stream of the Visitor visa online provided you currently have a valid visa that does not have condition 8503 imposed.
If you are outside Australia only certain passport holders can apply for Visitor visa online. If you cannot apply online, you can lodge a paper application.

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