For those lodging a parent visa or any other visa requiring the lodgement of a bond, the Assurance of Support (AoS) is quite common. It usually starts at just over $5,000 but most will agree that its is on average $10,000.
For parent visas, the $10,000 bond could be locked away for 10 years before it can be refunded. However, there is an EXCEPTION!
For cases finalised before 1 July 2004, only Centrelink has the authority to release an AoS bond where the visa has been cancelled and the visa holder has not arrived in Australia. Centrelink cannot release a bond in situations where a person changes from one visa type to another (unless the new visa is a humanitarian visa) or ceases to hold the visa due to obtaining Australian citizenship, as these do not affect the continuation of the AoS period.
Call us today to see if you are Eligible for an early Christmas REFUND!