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"sponsor" For A Friend, For Visitor Visa Subclass 600

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A friend wants to visit, so i have written an invitation letter, referring to myself as "host"  (not "sponsor")


I understand the word "sponsor" can only be used for a family member to travel to Aust on visitor visa



Not for a tourist on visitor visa:



But as "sponsor"  (again, not the right word?  but i assume they are meaning it to include "host") i have been advised to provide the following:


- copy of my passport page

- signed sponsor letter  (again, i call it "invitation letter" and myself as the "host")

- evidence of funds - my bank statements for the last 3 months


Does all this sound right?  Simply for inviting a friend down here? 

Previous application was done online, didnt have an "invitation" letter, merely put myself in the online section on "Contact in Australia".  Visa refused.


This new application is being done on paper, with a lot more supporting information.


Im ok to show passport and the invitation letter (which includes the formal invitation, accommodation and cost arrangements, and example travel itinerary)

But my bank statements for 3 months  ....  who knows where they could end up and seen by.  I presume we dont need to show BSB or account numbers.


Of course the visa applicant has provided their own passport and bank statements



Thanks in advance

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Correct.  Only a Sponsored Family Visa has a sponsor.


All other visitor visa's can not be sponsored.  The applicant must demonstrate that they personally meet all the criteria.


An invitation letter, suitably signed and containing critical ID for the Host (drivers license, address, passport number) always helps.


If the applicant needs to show bank statements, then YES they need to be formal bank statements showing bank, BSB, account, name and balance.  DIBP do check.


You can trust DIBP to keep your personal details private.




Makes me sick, in the fact that I must include a disclaimer. All opinions, advice and comments expressed by me are of my own personal opinion, and not that of a Immigration Agent, Lawyer, or related professional. They are given in the spirit intended, as an independant contributor, to a public forum. No implied, or expressed guarantee or undertaking as to accuracy or relevance is given.


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