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 AUD420 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.

KAMALPREET SINGH
KAMALPREET S.
I am highly thankful to Saemeh Ghasemi and Carolyn Araboghlian for helping me to get visa for my wife and 12 years old step daughter.I was stuck with any other migration agent for almost 2 years but no response from immigration.Someone has recommended me Gold migration and I received my visa in 5 months with their hardwork and well prepared lodgement of my file.Little bit expensive for me but really worth it.Thanksread more
Nay Zaw
Nay Z.
Saemeh has been very supportive and knowledgeable. Highly recommended.
Abdul hamid Adam
Abdul hamid A.
My partner and I walked into Gold Migration for the first time in early November 2023 for seeking help about my case in AAT. Saemeh Ghasemi help me and support me through with everything that I need to prepare for hearing in next few week. Saemeh Ghasemi also accompany and attend AAT hearing with me. Saemeh Ghasemi always give us mentally support, tell us don’t be stress. In January 2024, Saemeh called me and give me a good news, that we won ATT. Thank you Saemeh Ghasemi, you make my self and my partner can be together and stay in Australia together. Thank you Gold migration lawyers.read more
Simon m
Simon m
I engaged Gold Migration, because I had left things a little too late and there were some factors that were too complicated and too confusing and too high risk for me to do on my own.My first meeting with them was by video. I was looking at a set up with lined up desks much like you see in a court room drama. There were 3 people in the room. They asked me to describe my circumstances and they answered my questions. They were forthright and pulled no punches, they told me the risks and the issues I would have to deal with. Then they conferred together and then gave me a price. It wasn’t the most expensive I had been quoted, nor the cheapest, but what impressed me about them was the machine like efficiency they dealt with the problem from the beginning. There are NO surprises from this firm. They lay out all the costs at the time of engagement, they tell you the steps they will be taking and their approach.Remember this is Immigration you’re dealing with, even expert lawyers have no control over such a department, timescale is not in the control of you or your lawyers.For the first month it was a flurry of activity for me. They sent me a cloud based drive to upload all my documents and evidence to. They reviewed it and made suggestions. All of the statements they asked me to write came with examples and best way to write them. Then they told me they had everything they needed and to leave it with them. On reflection I realised I had witnessed a highly experienced team in action. They asked for and got what they needed, it was explained and documented and organised. They have a very efficient set of procedures they follow and they make sure all the boxes are ticked before they submit.You can’t fault this level of experience and practical application, you basically pay them and go along for the ride. Over the months as immigration dealt with the case they came back to me a few times and asked for more information. I know they wrote reports and fielded questions from immigration but all I got was a comment that everything was tracking as planned.The most interesting part for me to see was the obvious pleasure and satisfaction they enjoyed when they called me to tell me we finally had the PR visa. They took it personally and that meant a lot to me.Are they expensive ? Well that depends, how much is having your family members live with you in Australia worth to you ? They are not the cheapest , they are not the most expensive, but I am confident that they are the best!If you are worried about getting a loved one or a valued worker a visa, or you are having issues with your visa, you should not hesitate to go with the gold standard. Go with Gold Immigration and sleep better at night knowing your visa issue is in good hands.read more
Jalal Razavi
Jalal R.
Entrusting Gold Migration Lawyers was the best decision I ever made for my parents to obtain a safe and secure future here in Australia. A life changing decision for them.Our case manager was Saemeh Ghasemi who was instrumental in ensuring their Protection Visa was thoroughly detailed and solid. Saemeh was very kind caring and took extra effort to understand and appreciate the dire situation of my parents and was very supportive all the way to a successful "Visa Granted" outcome.Thank you Saemeh and team for your dedicated and supportive service to me and my parents."Gold Migration Lawyers indeed provides GOLD CLASS service" and I strongly recommend them to our family and friends.read more
Daniel Esdaile
Daniel E.
My partner and I had walked into Gold Migration for the first time in May of 2023. I was anxious at I knew by the time we would have to lodge our partner visa we would not have lived together for 12 months. Walt had given us the reassurance that all would be okay, I instantly felt that sigh of relief through the professional and welcoming service that Walt and his team had provided. We then began our journey with Gold Migration Lawyers, the whole time Walt had been there to support us through every enquiry and every piece of evidence. We eventually submitted our visa in October with every bit of confidence of a positive outcome. In February we got out 820 grant, the moment Walt had told me that the visa had been granted I began to cry of happiness. Thank you Walt! Thank you Gold migration lawyers, you have allowed myself and my partner to be in Australia together.read more
Ghassan Elbarhoun
Ghassan E.
I’d like to thank SAEMEH GHASEMI and her team for their exceptional work on our visa, very very easy process ,I highly recommend gold migration, thanks Samy.
Isoa Talevakaruamainairai
Isoa T.
Massive thank you goes to Saemeh Ghasemi and Carolyn Araboghlian at Gold Migration Lawyer for their relentless support throughout the process of preparing for my AAT appeal right through the exciting news of successfully wining the AAT Appeal. Wow absolutely amazing, to be able to work with Saemeh Ghasemi and Carolyn Araboghlian. Saemeh Ghansemi have been going extra miles to ensure that Gold Migration provide and delivered positive experience that took so much anxiety, nerves away and for genuinely cares about her clients. I am so pleased and grateful to be able to trust Gold Migration Lawyers for the Successful Outcome of my AAT Appeal. Even before the appeal I was already recommending Gold Migration Lawyer to my friends due to the best services that they have already initiate from the beginning of the services. I have never experience best services before thanking you so much Saemeh Ghasemi for going extra miles really means a lot to me personally and Thank You so much Gold Migration for an AMAZING SERVICES. I would definitely highly recommend Gold Migration Lawyers.read more
Tyler Meier
Tyler M.
Hiring Gold migration lawyers, and having Saemeh represent my partner was the best decision we could have made. My partner was applying for a Visa and had a hearing at the AAT, and Saemeh helped us prepare and get ready for the hearing and represented him very well, we were successful and found out within 2 weeks!! Saemeh’s had the expertise and knowledge to help us and we are so so thankful to her and the team at Gold Migration.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.