How much money do I need to sponsor a Visitor Visa applicant?

How much money do I need to sponsor a Visitor Visa applicant?
The short answer is that you, as the sponsor, are NOT required to provide financial support. When you’re looking at sponsoring a family member under the Subclass 600 Visitor Visa sponsored family stream, it is the visa applicant who must show they have access to funds to support themselves throughout their stay in Australia.

However, if your family member does not have sufficient funds, you may volunteer to provide financial support, and the onus is on your family member, the visa applicant, to show they have access to these funds. It’s not a legislated requirement imposed on you, the visa sponsor, by the Immigration authorities.

Does this apply in all cases?
In some circumstances, such as when you are sponsoring a relative who is outside your immediate family unit, you may be asked by the department to provide a security bond. This request is usually made when the department is already reviewing your family member’s Visitor Visa application.

What is the reason for this?
The purpose of the security bond is to maximize the chances that your sponsored family member complies with their applicable visa conditions, such as to not work or overstay.

How much money would I have to guarantee for the bond?
The value requested by the department is usually between the ranges of $5,000 to $15,000. You may also express an intention to provide the bond as part of your sponsorship when your family member is about to lodge their visitor visa application. Following this, the department decides whether or not to accept this offer at their discretion.

If you have any questions about this issue or it relates to your own circumstance, please feel free to add your questions in the comments section below. We would love to hear from you and connect and will reply to your questions. Our friendly, experienced, professional Registered Migration Agents are standing by – remember, it’s never too early or too late to get good advice!

IMPORTANT: Please note, this does not constitute Immigration advice. Always seek advice from a Registered Migration Agent before applying for an Australian Visa. Migration Law is constantly changing. This information is accurate only at the time of publication.

  • Editha says:

    Greetings! If my australian fiance will sponsor me for a visitor’s visa,and I do not have enough financial funds,would it be ok if the sponsor will provide for me?

    • Avelyn Chen says:

      Hi Editha, very good question, are you planning on applying for a partner visa while your are here?

  • Nina says:

    Hi! Just wanna asked is possible for subclass 600 to only have $1500 or $2000 in my bank? Im going to visit my boyfriend in aus and his family will be provided me a room to stay. Will I get accepted with that amount or It needed to be $5000 in exact for minimum?


    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hi Nina, how exciting!!! When are you planning to come visit your boyfriend and what country are you coming from?

  • David Anderson says:

    How do.i obtain a spouse visa and where do i get this aplication

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Big question David, The first step we recommend in getting a successful partner visa is to get some professional advice form a Registered Migration Agent… It’s not just a simple application form. Feel free to give us a call on 07 3063 1200 and we will be happy to help.

  • cecilia mendoza says:

    hi there… i’m Cecilia… i applied subclass 600 and received a refusal because of lack of fund….how long will it take for me to apply Visitors Visa again?

  • Rabea says:

    Hi Avelyn,

    I have recently applied for a partner visa for my husband. The processing time seems to take more then one year. We have applied for his partner visa end of May 2019.
    He has already done his medical and biometric collection data and character check.

    Is it possible to apply for a visitor visa for him and ask the government to use the same results. We have already spent all our savings for the wedding and the visa since it was over $7000 so i dont have enough money to give for bond. I am able to show payrolls that i can support him financially while he comes for a 3 month visit. Would that be enough to apply for this visa for him?

    Do you believe the government will accept it, considering this is the second visa i will be applying for him, to visit the country for a few months?

    Thank you

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hi Rebea, what country is you husband currently in?

      • John says:

        Hi Emma. Many people can be in Rabea’s situation. Is the grant or refusal of sponsored visit visa for a partner according to which country the partner is from or the country he/she resides in? Thanks.

        • Emma Drynan says:

          Hi John, visitor visas are dependent on a number of different criteria. When it comes to lodging a visitors visa, with the intention of lodging a partner visa this is something you really need to get advice on as it can be very complicated. Please give our office a call 07 3063 1200.

  • Jacob Du says:

    Hi , I have 1 years son in australian , he is the child born from my partner, my son is Australian citizen, he is 10 years old, can he he sponsor his mum, or I sponsor my partner to visit Australia to look after my son?

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hi Jacob,
      Are you an Australian citizen or permanent resident?
      The reason I ask is perhaps you could sponsor your partner.

  • Nikaela says:

    Hi, my cousin is an Australian citizen and she will sponsor me and my partner (we are from Cyprus, EU) to visit her there. How much would the security bond cost?

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hi Nikaela, Thanks for your question, we normally only work on Partner Visa and Visitor visa’s for partners, if you like I can refer you to another agent who may be able to help you with this question.

  • Sandhya says:

    HI, I’m looking to sponsor my mum to visit me in australia. I’m a Permanent resident here. I want to know if I have to put up a bond if I guarantee to look after her and her expenses while she’s with me? and if yes, how much bond money would that be?

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hey Sandhya, we work on all types of family visas it is. Best to give our office a call so we can discuss your specific case.

  • Bhae says:

    Hi, I am currently studying the visa for Family Sponsorship. My uncle (first cousin of my mother) is in QLD, Australia. Is visa 489 applicable to my case? their postcode is 4300. I already did the EA assessment and language test. Please advise for my options and chances. Thanks in advance…

    • Emma Drynan says:

      Hey Bhae, we would need more information so we can help you with your application please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • Vignesh Thanasekaran says:

    Hi Team, I am Indian, looking for IT Operations jobs in Canada with sponsorship. Would like to hear more information from you.

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Vignesh, our company specialises in Partner Visa Applications in Australia. The best course of action is to look at Canadian Visa agencies to see better options that can definitely be of help to you.

  • Michelle Bhamrah says:

    Hi there, I am an Australian citizen and in 2017, I married my partner who is Punjabi. At the time, we wanted to go to India to celebrate with family knowing that my husband’s visa to Australia had long expired. We were informed that my husband could be banned from entering Australia for 3 years, which he was but that ban ended in October 2020.
    Can I now sponser my husband on a Visitor Visa and will it cost me anything to do so?

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Michelle, this is a complex situation. I recommend you give us a call at 07 3063 1200 as we’d love to help.

  • Enya says:

    Hi there i just want to ask if can be still apply for another tourist visa even multiple refusal? And about security cashbond iss it refundable?
    Thanks so much

  • Zsofi says:

    In the current covid climate is there a higher chance for this sponsored visa to be granted than the simple e visitor visa? Thanks

  • Glenda says:

    Hi I want to bring my sister from the Philippines to just visit us and stay for like 3 months. She has no work there nor any property. Is there a chance for me to get her? Like if I get her a bank account and deposit money on it will that be enough? Or will the department ask me security bond? Thanks for any helpful answer

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Glenda, Thank you for reaching out to us in regards to your immigration matter.
      We are an Australian Partner Visa Specialist firm and therefore are not the best equipped to deal with an Immigration matter such as yours.
      In your situation I recommend contacting the team at Mapien.

      If in the future if you have any questions relating to Australian Partner Visas we would be more than happy to assist.
      All the best with your immigration journey.

  • Anjali says:

    Anjali here
    I am from India my husband is in australia and sent me the invitation to visit him as we have not seen each other from 2 years . He has 10,000 aud to show as funds as he is the sponsor. What are my chances of getting visitor visa?

  • Lakshman says:

    Will the security bond money be return back to the sponsor.

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Lakshman, this is a matter we feel best discussed in private due to the complexity of the answer to your question. Please give us a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • Upkar Singh says:

    How we can apply security bond ?

  • Ever Rafael Dominguez Bastidas says:

    I need a tourist visa for my mom. I haven’t seen her for 6 years. and I have been waiting for a response for my residency for 3 years. I currently have a bridging visa.

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Rafael, we specialise in Partner Visa applications but we may be able to refer you to a few Migration Agencies that can assist you. Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • Alumeci says:

    I need a tourist visa for my little siblings to come visit me from Fiji, they are still in highs school ages 16 and 18, i have permanent residency here in Australia, whats the minimum amount of money i should have in my bank acc in order to sponsor them? Thanks

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Alumeci, we specialise in Partner Visa applications but we may be able to refer you to a few Migration Agencies that can assist you. Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • kenneth says:

    my partner of 12 years will arrive australia soon on tourist visa.I plan to apply to sponsor him soon after arrival then on approval of my sponsorship he will apply for partner visa what bank balance do I have to have to satisfy sponsorship?I own my own unit.

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Kenneth, may we ask which Partner Visa application are you intending to lodge? We’d love to help, assist you, and provide you with more information regarding the Partner Visa process and advice regarding the best visa options for you and your partner.

      Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200 or book a Visa Consultation by clicking the link below:

  • Pauline says:

    Hi my name is Pauline I would like a support to apply for my brother to visit me and see my children spend a few months to interact with us as I have been in Australia since 1997 and none of family members visited us.

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Pauline, we specialise in Partner Visa applications but we may be able to refer you to a few Migration Agencies that can assist you. Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • John Dion DeWild-Kovacich says:

    My mother has passed away in Australia and I need to bring my partner and our 3 children to lay her to rest.
    I have very little funds left here in the Philippines and I cannot access my mothers funds until I apply for probate in Australia.
    My best friend has offered to sponsor me with the $10,000 aud until i arrive in Australia… I have money to pay for the visa application and airfares.
    The Funeral firm will provide a letter to home affairs and the death certificate so that the process can be sped up.
    Is all of this possible?

  • Evelyn muscat says:

    Hi …how much money I bond if I’m sponsoring my grandson to for tourist visa?

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Evelyn, this is a matter we feel best discussed in private due to the complexity of the answer to your question. Please give us a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • cristian says:

    hola mi nieta quiere ir a ver a su padre a australia va con su abuela paterna y ya le rechazaron la visa a mi nieta se le hiso una de turista
    que corresponde hacer gracias espero respusta

  • Burkit Ahmad says:

    How long does the $5000 have to be in my account when I sponsor my mother from Pakistan

    • Emma Drynan MARN0960361 says:

      Hi Burkit, we specialise in Partner Visa applications but we may be able to refer you to a few Migration Agencies that can assist you. Please give our office a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • Ruben calderon says:

    I have a girlfriend in the Philippines I want her to visit me here in Australia what should I do?

  • Vineshree says:

    I have a bf in India I was planning to apply his visitor visa nd after he come Australia I am planning to go in a defacto relationship so I need more information about that

  • Maria linares says:

    Hi l have a boyfriend in cyprus and l want him to visit me here in Australia can you tell me what should I do?

  • Jose Simbag says:

    I am going to celebrate my 80th birthday in September and I want to invite my 2 brother and 2 sister who are in there seniors age already ..Is there a need for me diposit bond for their stay, just for 2 to 3 weeks..

    • Pearl Frankis MARN2015921 says:

      Hi Jose, advance happy birthday to you!

      We are Partner Visa Experts that help couples with Partner Visa Applications. We may have a great referral we can send your way. Please give us a call at 07 3063 1200.

  • About the Author Avelyn Chen MARN1800051

    I was born in Changsha (China), lived in Wuhan (China), and moved to Singapore when I was 8. So I speak Mandarin and Singlish. I might also speak a bit of Cat. I studied law and now specialise in migration law.