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SUBCLASS 461 – NZ CITIZEN FAMILY RELATIONSHIP

This visa is for a person who is not a New Zealand citizen but is a member of a family unit of a New Zealand citizen. It lets you live and work in Australia for five years. The visa is granted with multiple entry. You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid. You can apply for this visa again if you want to stay longer.

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KEY ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

  • If you are offshore, you can apply for the subclass 461 visa without needing to hold another type of visa first
  • If you are onshore you need to hold a substantive visa when you lodge your application. If you do not hold a substantive visa you will need show you do not hold a visa because of factors
  • beyond your control and there are compelling reasons to grant you a subclass 461
  • Your New Zealand family member must have (or be eligible for) a Special Category visa (subclass 444)
  • Meet De facto or marriage requirements
  • Have sufficient and comprehensive evidence to support your claims regarding your relationship
  • Be outside of Australia at the time of application and decision
  • Not had a visa cancelled or an application refused (onshore applicants)
  • Satisfy the evidence requirement
  • Must make an online application and attached all evidence online
  • Have an eligible sponsor who is not barred to sponsor you
  • Meet Australia’s Health & Character requirements
  • Satisfy all other visa requirements
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BENEFITS

  • Apply for another 461 visa to stay longer (must meet eligibility requirements)
  • Live, work and study in Australia for 5 years from the date of visa grant
  • Travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • Include family members in your application

COST

The visa costs AUD365 for the main applicant.

The visa costs AUD185 for members of the family unit over 18 years of age and AUD90 for those under 18.

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Helping People Just Like You

What matters to us most is what our clients have to say about their experience once everything has been resolved. Below are some of the messages we have received from people we’ve represented.

Bastian Alarcón Vergara
Bastian Alarcón V.
I was very satisfied with these guys and how my visa application was handled. We started the process early on together with my sponsor to make sure we had enough time to sort out all the required documents for the application. It only took 6 weeks from the date we applied to get my 482 Skilled Shortage Visa granted which was much quicker than I was expecting. Highly recommended.read more
Ezequiel López Casa
Ezequiel López C.
These Lawyers are fantastic! A special thank you to Kiri. I applied for my partner visa in June 2021 and we were approved January 2022. Kiri and the team at Gold Migration Lawyers were very helpful and down to earth. They made the process very easy. I definitely recommend!read more
Brendon Vuntarde
Brendon V.
Gold Migration have been a pleasure to work with from the day we submitted our application for Partner Visa back in February 2020. They have been very proactive in keeping us up to date and also ensuring that my wife and I had all the information we needed.We both highly recommend Gold Migration Lawyers as they are very good at what they do and are a pleasure to work with.read more
SP Rebrov
SP R.
Most importantly, delivered a positive outcome for my 866 application. Highly recommend the service to anyone seeking protection in Australia.
Kasturi Vijayan
Kasturi V.
Gold migration are one of the best lawyers we have ever dealt with. We were in the verge of loosing hope with my husbands 461 visa and they took over the case and among all other lawyers they were the only ones that gave us positive reinforcement. It is a glorious end when my husband got the visa granted this morning after weeks of sleepless night and having so much uncertainty. I can’t thank gold migration lawyers enough for all the work they have done in this process. I would highly recommend them for any of your legal needs. Andreas you are amazing as well as all your team you work with, can’t thank you guys enough.read more
Johan Mitchell
Johan M.
I received the first stage of my partner visa in <11 months. Great service.
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ngoo wei K.
got my visa granted in very short time, very professional and efficiency lawyer, highly recommended.
John Langdon
John L.
If you are looking for professionals who take pride in their work and strive for the best possible outcome, look no further than Gold Migration.They have helped me and my partner obtain a PMV visa in 6 months, a process than can take up 28 months, so the calibre of their standard speaks for itself, I would like to thank you all so much for all of your efforts.read more
Jayden Fisher
Jayden F.
Thank you so much to the team at gold migration for your amazing work, quick responses and professionalism. Without your help I don’t know where we would be right now!Honestly cannot thank you all enough. You’ve made these tough times a lot easier and the future for me and my fiancée much brighter!read more

frequently asked questions

How may I be eligible for a subclass 461 visa?

You must be the partner, or one of the members of the family unit of a New Zealand citizen. You cannot be a New Zealand citizen yourself. In addition, you will need to meet health and character requirements.

In what location should I be to be able to apply for a subclass 461 visa?

You can be onshore or offshore when you apply. However, if you were onshore at time of application, you must be onshore at time of decision. If you were offshore at time of application, you must be offshore at time of decision.

If my subclass 461 visa is granted, what will I be able to do in Australia?

You will be entitled to work and study in Australia, in addition to remaining in Australia for 5 years from the date the visa is granted.

Can I include my family members on my application?

Yes, you may include a child, step-child or your partner’s child or step-child when lodging the application. However, like you, these family members will need to provide evidence that they are related to the New Zealand citizen.

What happens if the relationship breaks down, or the family relationship ends whilst I am the holder of a subclass 461 visa?

You may continue to hold your visa. However, to continue your eligibility for a subclass 461 visa, you cannot become a member of a family unit of another person.

Can I get a Bridging Visa to remain in Australia when I apply for a subclass 461 visa?

If you apply from inside Australia, and it is a valid application, you will be granted a Bridging Visa to remain in Australia until a decision is made.