Australian Family Sponsorship Visas from Namibia

Australian Family Sponsorship Visas from Namibia

Does Australia have a family sponsorship visa for applicants from Namibia?

Yes, Australia has a family sponsorship visa program for applicants from Namibia. Under this program, Australian citizens, permanent residents, and eligible New Zealand citizens can sponsor their family members to come to Australia as permanent residents. 

 

There are several types of family sponsorship visas available, including visas for partners, children, parents, and other family members. The specific visa that is appropriate for you will depend on your relationship with the person you want to sponsor and your circumstances.

Key Points Summary

1. Your family in Australia can sponsor you to come to Australia from Namibia, so long as they meet the Government criteria to do so.

 

2. You will normally need a direct family member to sponsor you, a partner, parent, sibling or child.

 

3. There may be a security deposit required to sponsor someone from Namibia to Australia and it can be up to $46 000 AUD

Who is eligible to sponsor me to Australia from Namibia?

To be eligible to sponsor someone from Namibia to come to Australia as a permanent resident, you must be an Australian citizen, an Australian permanent resident, or an eligible New Zealand citizen. You must also be over 18 years of age and have good character.

 

There are also specific requirements for the person being sponsored, depending on the type of visa they are applying for. For example, if you are sponsoring a partner from Namibia, they must be your spouse or de facto partner (including same-sex partners).

 

If you are sponsoring a child, they must be your natural or adopted child. If you are sponsoring a parent, they must be your natural or adoptive parent.

 

To find more information about sponsoring a spouse or partner from Namibia click here.

Can I be sponsored to Australia by a cousin?

It is generally not possible to be sponsored by a cousin to come to Australia as a permanent resident. The family sponsorship visa program is primarily for immediate family members, such as partners, children, and parents.

 

However, it may be possible for a cousin to sponsor you if they are able to demonstrate that they are your “remaining relative”, meaning that you have no other close family members (such as a spouse, child, parent, or sibling) who are able to sponsor you. In this case, your cousin would need to apply for a “Remaining Relative” visa on your behalf.

 

The “Remaining Relative” visa is a very limited category and is only available in certain circumstances.

Can I be sponsored to Australia by an aunt or uncle?

It is generally not possible to be sponsored by an aunt or uncle to come to Australia as a permanent resident. The family sponsorship visa program is primarily for immediate family members, such as partners, children, and parents.

 

However, as in the above case of being sponsored by a cousin,  it may be possible for an aunt or uncle to sponsor you if they are able to demonstrate that they are your “remaining relative”, meaning that you have no other close family members (such as a spouse, child, parent, or sibling) who are able to sponsor you.

 

In this case, your aunt or uncle would need to apply for a “Remaining Relative” visa on your behalf.

What documents are required for an Australian family sponsorship visa from Namibia?

The specific documents that are required for a family sponsorship visa will depend on the type of visa you are applying for and your circumstances.

 

However, some of the documents that may be required for a family sponsorship visa include:

  • Proof of your relationship to the person you are sponsoring (such as a marriage certificate or birth certificate)

 

  • Evidence of your identity (such as a passport or driver’s license)

 

  • Evidence of your citizenship or permanent resident status in Australia

 

  • A police clearance certificate for any country you have lived in for 12 months or more in the past 10 years

 

  • A sponsorship agreement, outlining your obligations as a sponsor

 

  • A completed sponsorship form

 

You may also need to provide additional documents, such as financial documents, health and character documents, and employment-related documents. 

Does a sponsor have to pay a bond or security to sponsor me?

In some cases, a sponsor may be required to pay a bond or security as part of the sponsorship process. This is known as a “security bond”. The security bond is a financial guarantee that is provided by the sponsor to ensure that the person being sponsored will not rely on public funds while they are in Australia.

 

The purpose of the security bond is to protect the Australian community and taxpayers from any potential financial burden that may be caused by the sponsored person.

 

The amount of the security bond will depend on the specific circumstances of the sponsorship, including the relationship between the sponsor and the sponsored person, the length of the sponsorship period, and the sponsor’s financial circumstances.

 

The security bond is generally refundable when the sponsorship period ends, provided that the sponsored person has not relied on public funds while in Australia.

 

Not all sponsors are required to pay a security bond. The requirement for a security bond will depend on the specific visa being applied for and the circumstances of the sponsorship. 

How much does an Australian Family Sponsorship Visa cost when applied for from Namibia?

The cost for a family sponsorship visa range from $8000 to $1500 each depending on the type of visa you are applying for, your relationship and the age of the applicant.  If a security bond is required, it could be significant, up to $46 000 AUD.

How long does it take to process a family sponsorship visa to Australia?

It can take 6 to 18 months.

Find all you need to know about travel and moving to Australia at Australia Made Simple

 

If you are looking for information on Australian Family Sponsorship Visas from other Countries you can find them all in our Australian Family Sponsorship Visas Index 

 

If you are looking for information on what other types of Australian visas you can obtain as an applicant from Namibia you can find it here in our Immigrate to Australia from Namibia guide.

Australian Family Sponsorship Visas from Namibia

Australian Family Sponsorship Visas from Namibia