Immigration Update April 2018
Saturday, 14 April 2018
Changes to Assurance of Support (AoS)
Significant changes have been made to the assurance of support scheme, a program designed to keep new migrants off welfare by ensuring their families have sufficient fund to support them in their initial years in Australia.
The Department of Social Services has increased the financial requirement for migrant families who intend to financially back their relatives in visa applications. The changes were made on 26 March and became effective on 1 April. With the changes take effect, the families of new migrants will need to earn more than double what was previously required.
For example, if a couple in Australia wants to act as financial backers for their parents, they will need to earn a combined $115,475 a year, instead of $45,185. A single person who wants to vouch for their parents will need to earn $86,606, rather than $45,185.
The new requirements will not apply to applicants who submitted their applications before 1 April.
For detailed information regarding the changes, please visit: https://www.dss.gov.au/living-in-australia-and-overseas/updates