The minimum requirements of the subclass 461 visa are set out below.
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
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
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 DHA). 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 contact us for further details.
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