So you want to become an approved sponsor of artists or performers for 420 Entertainment Visas in Australia.
Here it is in a nutshell plus what you will need to provide us.
who can be a sponsor
As an Australian organisation, you must be able to show that you have a good business record in Australia and of course you must be operating legally.
documents we need
The documents needed will depend on what type of ‘entity’ you are and how long you have been operating. If only for a short time a few extra things are required. We have successfully applied for sponsorship approval of a company established less than 24 hours before the application was lodged. As you can imagine we assisted the client in putting together the correct and concise material to satisfy the department that it was (to be) a genuine participant in the industry.
Financial records are required and there are no hard and fast rules as to how much money is required to be in your bank. What we look for is a genuine intention to or an actual genuine carrying on of business. If a company has been established for quite some time it might be that we will only need to obtain a letter from the company’s accountant to confirm a number of key things.
The documents you are required to provide depend on a number of factors. The key is putting across the correct message in the application and supporting submissions. Once an initial discussion has been had, we should be able to pin point exactly what materials you need to provide us. This will probably save you enormous amount of time rather than doing it on your own and trying to obtain every conceivable document.
Yes it is possible to apply for sponsorship at about the same time as you apply for the visas. Ideally you will want to avoid this, however we have been successful in applying for both sponsorship approvals and entertainment visas at the same time.
These are the obligations that a sponsor has after approval.
If the Sponsor does not meet the obligations, the following actions could be taken by the Department:
In addition, sanctions can also be imposed if:
The cost of obtaining sponsorship approval are from $1520.00 (plus any relevant tax) including the government fees to obtain your 3 year approval.