my parents are currently in Australia on a holiday visa and would like to apply for the Contributory Aged Parent Visa (subclass 864). The balance of family and everything like that works out fine but we a bit confused about the requirements for proving that the sponsor is 'settled'.
My brother will be sponsoring my parents on this application, he has been in Australia on a permanent skilled visa for around 7/8 months. The guidelines for the visa suggest that the sponsor should have been resident for a period of 2 years but this article: http://www.gomatilda.com/news/article.cfm?articleid=441 would seem to suggest that centering your life around Australia is more important than the period of time you have been resident. He has the following in support of his proof of residency:
Mortgage for house he has bought + rental documents in same area prior to this
Full time employment at same company for around 6/7 months
Various other documents (gym membership, football club membership etc.)
He does not own any property or indeed have any possessions in the UK, everything he owns is in Australia and has no intention whatsoever of leaving.
Will he be able to sponsor my parents application in his current situation of having been resident for a relatively short period of time but with a lot of evidence to show he is settled?
If anyone has been in a similar situation I would love to hear about it, my parents don't want to 'waste' an application fee if it is certain to be rejected!