Subclass 461 Visa

New Zealand Citizen Partner Visa

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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.

Rexhep Behluli
Rexhep B.
Andreas has done an amazing job on my visa application, in the verge of loosing hope, Andreas has come through, Andreas is the man for the complex visa applications can’t thank you enough for your efforts
Zuhayr Ali
Zuhayr A.
To the team at gold immigration lawyers. Not only are they true professionals, they are nothing but a team of champions. I cannot speak highly enough to Sarah McNeil and Saemeh Ghasemi for turning dreams into reality.Sarah and the team transferred a situation of turmoil and despair into a lifetime change in short amount of time.Highly recommend the team at gold immigration.read more
Sonia Ramjathan
Sonia R.
From the first day me and my partner went to Gold migration,they were very welcoming and very professional. They process my partner visa last year in August and i got both my 820 and 801 visa granted together in May this year,we are very grateful that we went to see them for doing our application. Specially thank you to Sarah McNeil who look after our visa she was excellent from the start to finish.I would recommend gold migration to my friends and family.everything was done perfectly without any doubt and very helpful as well.read more
Sadiya Chang
Sadiya C.
I recommend Sarah McNeil for anybody looking to get help with their protection visa.She has been amazing and because of her hard work and so much dedication towards my case the case officer only spent 25 minutes to take my interview and my visa was granted within a month after the interview.read more
Jaea Youn
Jaea Y.
Saemeh, who was looking after the partner visa application, was amazing. Prompt reply, great communication, and friendly! Thank you Gold Migration. I got my visa granted in just 2months and 2 weeks! Much quicker than expected.
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sam S.
From the first call and conservation we had ,I knew they are the right lawyers for the job. We did a meeting and I didn’t even need to think about it twice , it was clear they are the right people ( lawyers ) for the job , they professional with a high level of attention for details and great communication skills and fast responses .very accurate about all requirements and how to address it .we kept a steady communication through the process and gave us a full guidance and help n our paper work . As a result my wife visa was granted in a record time . Like to thx all the team at Gold lawyers , special thx and appreciation for Andreas ,Kiriaki and Rita .Much love and respect .read more
Patrick Cadei
Patrick C.
Perfect service and everything is looked after very well. They managed to get approved the Visa I was seeking within an excellent timeframe. Strongly recommend their services
Jake Cockburn
Jake C.
Gold Immigration lawyers helped us to get our Visa is Record time! We are very happy with the experience and excited for the next step of our journey!Thank you very much!Would recommend!!!
Bryan Mármol
Bryan M.
I am very thankful to Gold Migration for helping me obtain my permanent residency through the protection visa in a record time of 11 MONTHS. Since the beginning, they have been very professional and Kiriaki accompanied me and guided me through the whole process. She always looked out for me and thanks to her and the entire team, I achieved my residency.I would highly recommend them and thank you again.Bryan Marmolread 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.