461 Visa Australia - New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship

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What is a 461 visa?

The 461 – New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa allows non-New Zealand citizens to travel to and live in Australia with a New Zealand citizen family member. The visa allows you to live and work in Australia for up to 5 years.

The minimum requirements of this visa are set out below:

Subclass 461 Visa Requirements

Family Member Status

You must be a non-New Zealand citizen who is:

  • the spouse or de facto partner of a New Zealand citizen OR
  • the dependent child of a New Zealand citizen (or the New Zealand citizen’s spouse or de facto partner), or that person’s own dependent child

NOTE: The ‘dependent child’ must be a child or step-child who has not turned 18 years old OR has turned 18 years old, and is wholly or substantially dependent upon the relevant parent/step-parent for financial support. In addition, the dependent child must not have a fiancé(e), spouse or de facto partner.

New Zealand Citizen

Your New Zealand citizen family member must be:

  • in Australia as the holder of a subclass 444 Special Category visa OR
  • outside Australia, and travel with you to Australia, where they will be granted a subclass 444 visa

NOTE: The New Zealand citizen must NOT be an ‘Eligible New Zealand Citizen’ (ENZC); that is, a person who arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport; was in Australia on 26 February 2001 (and the 12 months prior to that date); and was assessed as a protected subclass 444 holder prior to 26 February 2004. An ENZC can sponsor family members for an Australian permanent residency visa.

Step 1: Consultation & Assessment

The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our Registered Migration Agents. During the consultation, we can assess both you and your partner’s current situations, your backgrounds, your relationship and your eligibility to meet the legal requirements for this visa.

Providing you and your sponsor will be eligible to meet the requirements of this visa prior to lodgement we will send you a fixed fee quote following the consultation.

We offer a split fee payment of our professional fees to assist you financially during the preparation stages of your partner visa journey. 

Step 2: Preparation

We will then look after the entire process for you and assist you with strengthening your supporting evidence prior to lodgement. We have templates to guide you in preparing your evidence in accordance with the applicable legislation. We will provide you with your login details to our secure online portal upon commencement. This portal is used to safely and securely share important and confidential information and documents presented in your applications.

As every relationship and partner visa is different, we will provide you with tailored document checklists relevant to you and your partner’s specific situations.

We will complete all the necessary forms, applications and further submissions on your behalf.

You can rest assured that your Registered Migration Agent has prepared and lodged hundreds of applications similar to yours and is experienced in preparing ‘decision ready’ applications.  It is important that we get it right the first time. For this reason, we will only lodge your applications once we are confident they have been prepared correctly.

Step 3: Lodgement

Once you have provided the required information and supporting documents, we will prepare and lodge your visa application with the Department of Home Affairs (the DOHA). The main criterion is that you meet the requirements referred to above. If you are married to or are in a de facto relationship with the New Zealand citizen, you will need to provide evidence that you are in a genuine and continuing relationship. In addition, you must meet the standard health and character checks, and you may need to make adequate arrangements for health insurance during your stay in Australia.

Should your visa application be approved, you will be granted a temporary visa, which will be valid for five years. If you apply for this visa while you are in Australia, you must be in Australia when it is granted. If you apply while you are outside Australia, you must be outside Australia when your visa is granted.

You may apply for further New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visas if you continue to be the family member of a New Zealand citizen, or in certain limited circumstances, if you are no longer that person’s family member. 

PLEASE NOTE: We estimate that it may take several weeks to prepare and lodge your application, with the time taken largely dependent on how promptly you provide us with the necessary supporting information and documents.

The time that it takes the DOHA to process your application is dependent upon its processing time service standards, and may also vary due to a number of other factors, including the complexity of your case, perceived risk factors and processing priorities. Please contact us for current information regarding likely processing timeframes for this type of application.

Bridging visa

If you are inside Australia at the time of lodgement, you will be granted a bridging visa that will allow you to remain inside Australia whilst a decision on your visa is being made. In most cases, this bridging visa will become active once your current visa expires. We will advise accordingly regarding the conditions that may be imposed on this bridging visa. 

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Gina Karnasch
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Anna Stafford
3. March, 2023.
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Josh Fayaz
1. March, 2023.
I just wanted to share my amazing experience working with migration unity for my partnership visa application in Australia. I have to say, the service I received was fantastic! Right from the start, Scott and Taina was super friendly and made me feel so comfortable throughout the entire process. They were very organized and really knew their stuff, which made the application process a breeze. I never felt lost or confused, and they were always available to answer any questions I had. They also kept me in the loop with regular updates on the status of my application, which made me feel really secure and confident. And to top it off, they helped me get my application approved in no time! Overall, I'd absolutely recommend this company to anyone looking for immigration assistance in Australia. Their expertise, professionalism, and amazing customer service made my whole experience so much better. Thanks again guys!
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Charlotte Brown
23. February, 2023.
My partner James and I cannot thank Scott initially and then Denise and Taina for all of their help with our sponsorship.. We have had our visas granted in less than 5 months since starting the process.. They have all been so helpful, informative and kind from day one and our Australian dream would not be happening without them. Thank you all.

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As every case is different and there are various visa subclasses it is important that you find a Registered Agent that specializes in your visa subclass.
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Just like you, the co-founders of Migration Unity are also migrants. We once landed in this great country and shortly after fell in love with the fantastic lifestyle that Australia has to offer.

We have been in your position before, and we completely understand the emotions that you are going through.

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And that is why we are here to help you through every step of your migration journey.


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