Can I Sponsor my Cousin to Australia?

Can I Sponsor my Cousin to Australia

Can I sponsor my cousin to Australia? Unfortunately no, you can not sponsor your cousin to visit Australia on a visitor visa. However, you can sponsor your niece or nephew – so if your parent is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, then they can sponsor your cousin to come to Australia on a visitor visa.

To be a relative for the purposes of family sponsorship stream on the subclass 600, you must be an applicant’s:

  • partner, parent or child
  • brother or sister
  • grandparent or grandchild
  • aunt or uncle
  • niece or nephew
  • the step equivalent of the above

A sponsor can’t be a:

  • fiance
  • in-law
  • cousin
  • friend
  • New Zealand citizen

You can find more information on the family sponsored visitor visas here.

Can a cousin sponsor you in Australia?

Unfortunately not. But if you have an Aunt or Uncle in Australia, they can.

Invitation Letter for Visitor Visa Template

Sponsoring a friend or family member to Australia? It’s important to get the invitation letter right.

If you need a bit of a hand, we have available a sample invitation letter available for purchase for just A$8.99:


It’s also important to note that an invitation letter is just one part of the visa application process. You’ll also need to gather other documents, such as your passport and proof of financial stability, and submit them with your application form to the Department.