Other than your spouse, if you are a permanent resident in Australia, a citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen is able to sponsor other members of his or her family as visa applicants to Australia. These members include: dependent family members like your parents, brothers, sisters, step-parents, step-sisters or brothers, grandchild, aunt, uncle, niece and many more.
Qualifications of being a sponsor
So, how can you ensure that your family and relatives immigrate to Australia with you? For one, you need to wait till you have established yourself as a proper permanent resident. That might take a few years, and only when you fulfil the requirements could you sponsor someone else.
For you to qualify to sponsor someone else you need to meet the following requirements.
- Be an Australian permanent resident or Australian citizen or an eligible New Zealand citizen.
- Meet health and character requirements.
- You must not have sponsored more than two people to Australia.
Qualification of your dependant
The visa applicant who is your dependant is also expected to meet several requirements some of which include:
- All of them whether travelling with you or by themselves must meet character and health requirements. If not you may be disqualified from receiving a partner visa.
- A person is referred to as your dependent child if they are your natural, step or adopted child.
- The dependent child should be under 18 years.
- If the children are over 18 years of age, their dependence on you must be greater than on any other person.
- Accompanying family members must be disciplined for them to be given access to Australia. The information you give on your application is used to assess both your character and that of your dependants.
- If awarded this visa, you must be able to cater for all the basic needs of your dependants.