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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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.

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Tin Maung L.
Best lawyers/consultants in town, I highly recommend their consultation, worked with "Mr. Andreas" during my employer sponsor 186 DE visa with family application onshore, He is very active, friendly, helpful, thorough and detail oriented person. He managed to get employer nomination approval in just 10 days after application, and visa approval the next day after medicals cleared, This is the type of exemplary customer service they provide. Thanks to their expertise and experience. I am very happy and glad that we have engaged "Gold Migration Lawyers" to handle our application.read more
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Amina A.
After having some issues with another migration agent, the team at Gold Migration Lawyers took over and were extremely proactive. I recieved my permanent visa within a week of the team taking over. Would recommend to anyone looking to start a visa applicationread more
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Gold migration helped me get my Permanent Residency here is Australia. Very professional and always got back to me extremely quickly, they took care of all the paperwork and made the whole process very easy for me. Glad I used them.read more
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Steve S.
Thank you for helping my family! Thank you Andreas for getting our visa in weeks 🙂 very nice office snd over all experiance
Arifa Rahman
Arifa R.
Very professional, quick response. Very satisfied with their service. A special thanks to Andreas and his team.
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Sidi S.
I’m very satisfied with the service of Gold Migration lawyers and especially Peter, will definitely recommend this firm for anyone requiring migration services.
Leslie Stepanovik
Leslie S.
Helped me with my matters. A big thank you to the team. Andreas and Ramtin thank you.
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Great service and guidance throughout the whole process. Highly professional in approach - not over-promising but delivering above expectations (10 months for visa that can take up to 26). Big thanks to Ramtin, Peter and the whole team.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.