Additional sponsor requirements for Partner and Prospective Marriage visas
We take the safety and security of visa applicants seriously.
There are additional requirements for sponsors of Partner and Prospective Marriage visas that are intended to help keep visa applicants safe.
Provide information on relevant offences and criminal record
If you want to sponsor an applicant for a Prospective Marriage (subclass 300) visa or a Partner visa, you must:
provide an Australian and foreign police check when you apply for sponsorship
give us written consent to disclose any convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant.
We will refuse the visa application if you don’t provide the checks or give us consent to disclose any relevant offences to the applicant. We could also refuse the visa application if you don’t provide the police checks within a reasonable time.
We will not refuse a visa application if you have a conviction for a relevant offence but no significant criminal record but we will disclose any convictions for relevant offences to the visa applicant to help them make an informed decision about continuing with their application.
What is a significant criminal record?
how long it has been since the sponsor completed their sentence
the best interests of any child or the sponsor or primary visa applicant
how long the sponsor and the main visa applicant have been in a relationship