Skilled – Sponsored (Residence) visa (subclass 886)
The department is not accepting any new applications for this visa.
The following information applies to you, if you lodged an application for this visa subclass on or before 31 December 2012.
If you are interested in the Points Tested skilled migration you must use SkillSelect to submit an Expression of Interest for a skilled visa. You are able to submit an Expression of Interest from anywhere in the world.
If you are a provisional visa holder and you want to apply for a second provisional visa or add a family member to your application you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Regional (Provisional) subclass 489 visa.
See: Skilled – Nominated or sponsored (Provisional) (subclass 489) visa
Eligible Relative Sponsorship – Eligibility
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You must be sponsored by an eligible relative if you do not have a nomination from a participating state or territory government.
Note: There are no points awarded for eligible relative sponsorship.
Your sponsor must be at least 18 years of age and usually resident in Australia as one of the following:
- an Australian citizen
- an Australian permanent resident
- an Eligible New Zealand citizen.
You or your partner must be related to your sponsor as one of the following:
- a non-dependent child – including a stepchild
- a parent – including a step–parent
- a brother or sister – including adoptive or step-sibling
- a niece or nephew – including adoptive or step–niece or nephew
- an aunt or uncle – including adoptive or step–aunt or uncle.
Your sponsor can live anywhere in Australia.
You will need to include the following documents with your application.
Proof of sponsor's citizenship or permanent residency
|Sponsor's citizenship or residency status||Evidence required|
|Australian citizen||One of the following:
|Australian permanent resident||All of the following:
|Eligible New Zealand citizen||Sponsors do not need to provide any documentary evidence unless they hold a certificate issued under the Social Security Act 1991. Sponsors falling under this category should submit a certified copy of this certificate.
Note: If your sponsor is an Eligible New Zealand citizen, they may be required to undertake medicals and provide police clearances. The case officer processing your application will advise your sponsor if this is necessary.
Evidence of your relationship to your sponsor
Documents which can demonstrate this include:
- birth certificates
- marriage certificates
- family registers
- school records.
It may also help if you include a family tree to show how you are related to your sponsor.
Evidence of name change (if applicable)
If you, or your sponsor, have legally changed your names you should provide evidence of this.
Sponsor's current residential address
Your sponsor will need to provide evidence of their current residential address. Documents may include, but are not limited to:
- property titles
- bills such as telephone, gas, electricity that show a date and your sponsor's address.
Evidence that you are sponsored
Your sponsor must complete a Form 1277 and provide this to you.
See: Form 1277 Application for sponsorship under general skilled migration (225KB PDF file)
If you do not have an eligible relative sponsor, you will need to be nominated by a state or territory government.
See: State or Territory Government Nomination
Before lodging an application, please read all related requirements.