An applicant is a person who is applying for a Class XB visa and is proposed for entry to Australia by an APO. Community Support Program (CSP) applicants must align with the regional, global and settlement priorities of the Australian Government and be able to satisfy all Class XB (subclass 202) visa criteria. For more information, visit the Australian Government Department of Home Affairs’ website. See

Assurance of Support

A legal agreement between the assurer and the Department of Human Services where the assurer is responsible for repaying any recoverable social security payments made to the applicant during the assurance period. The Assurance of Support period covers the first 12 months after the applicant’s arrival in Australia.

The individual or organisation who is willing and financially capable to provide an Assurance of Support and is assessed by the Department of Human Services as meeting the eligibility requirements to provide an Assurance of Support for the applicant/s.

Australian supporters
Individuals and/or organisations in Australia who provide financial and practical support for the applicant during the visa application process and after the applicant’s arrival in Australia following the successful outcome of their visa application. Australian supporters include, but are not limited to, family, friends, employers and community groups.


Dependent is defined in reg 1.05A of the Migration Regulations. A person is considered to be dependent on another person if they are, and have been for a substantial period generally 12 months immediately before that time, wholly or substantially reliant on the other person for financial support to meet their basic needs for food, clothing and shelter.

A person is considered dependent if they are wholly, substantially reliant on another person for financial, psychological or physical support.


The person that the Australian supporter (e.g. individual, organisation, employer, business or community group) wishes to have proposed through an approved proposing organisation (APO).

Unauthorised Maritime Arrival
Any person who, on or after 13 August 2012, (1) entered Australia by sea, and (2) the person became an unlawful non-citizen because of that entry and (3) the person is not an excluded maritime arrival.

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