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Assurer and Assuree
If you give an Assurance of Support you’re the assurer.
An assurer must live in Australia and be:
- at least 18 years of age
- an Australian resident or organisation
- able to give proof of income for the existing and previous financial year.
The assuree is the visa applicant you support.
The assuree can be a family of up to 2 adults and their dependent children.
Who needs an assurer
After someone applies for a visa, the Department of Home Affairs will:
- decide if they’re in a visa category that needs an Assurance of Support, or
- issue an AoS Request letter if they need one.
How you become an assurer
You need to apply. After we get your application, we’ll contact you to discuss:
- what you need to do as an assurer
- if you can meet these obligations.
Bank guarantee and term deposit
This is to make sure you can pay us back if your assuree gets a payment from us.
If you want to cancel
You can’t cancel an Assurance of Support once the Department of Home Affairs issues the visa. You’ll need to wait until the Assurance of Support expires.
This is the rule even if any of the following occurs:
- your assuree becomes an Australian citizen
- your visa that was issued by the Department of Home Affairs changes
- your relationship breaks down
- you’re in financial hardship.
We may cancel the agreement if the sole assurer or assuree dies.
When you give a bank guarantee, you must be ready to put money in the bank to cover its value.