Some family visas require an ‘assurance of support’ before a visa will be granted. It is also possible for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to request a discretionary assurance of support if there are concerns regarding the sponsor’s capacity to support the applicant.
An assurance of support is legal agreement by the assurer to pay the Commonwealth Government an amount equal to the amount of social security payments in case the visa holder needs to access income support payments.
Assurances of Support can be lodged by an Australian resident or organisation, but is usually a relative of the assuree.
An assurance of support cannot be withdrawn once the visa has been granted and the visa holder has arrived in Australia.