Work Visa – What are the criteria for a family member to sponsor a relative overseas for a work visa?

Passport Frequently Asked Questions and Answers

Question:  What are the criteria for a family member to sponsor a relative overseas for a work visa?

Answer:  Since your relative will be applying for a work visa, your circumstances will be a little different. An applicant that is applying for a work visa can get sponsorship. The sponsorship must be by the employer for whom they will be working. An immediate family member can not sponsor the relative overseas for a work visa.

Nonetheless, if your family member is an owner of a business or institution that can hire the overseas relative as an employee, they will be able to get sponsor. This is the only way that a family member can get a work visa. What we see more often than not, is that this is not the case for many. Furthermore, your family will need an employer who is not a part of their family as a sponsor.

In regards to a visitor’s visa, anyone can basically sponsor the overseas relative for that particular type of visa. For instance, if a friend, an uncle, a cousin, or a sister-in-law wishes to sponsor an overseas relative, they can. The question will arise however, why would they want to sponsor you for visiting purposes?

You must prove that you have a strong relationship with that person. Then, it will be okay for you to sponsor the overseas relative. Evidence to show proof that a close relationship exist between the person getting sponsorship and the sponsor.

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