Applying for a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (Subclass 461)
You’re in a relationship and your partner is a New Zealand citizen who moved to Australia after 26 February 2001 or who is considering a move to Australia and you want to know what Australian visa you should apply for.
You need to apply for the New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa (Subclass 461). You can apply for this visa in Australia if you already hold a valid visa which allows you to apply for another visa in Australia or from outside Australia.
Criteria to be met to successfully apply for a subclass 461 visa
You must be married to or in a de facto relationship of at least 6 months duration with your New Zealand citizen partner to be eligible for this visa.
Registering your relationship on an Australian State or Territory Government Relationship Register does not remove the need to have lived together for 6 months if you are in a de facto relationship.
If you are married there is no minimum timeframe for your relationship to meet the criteria for the subclass 461 visa.
Your relationship must be genuine and ongoing.
About the subclass 461 visa
The subclass 461 New Zealand Family Relationship visa is a temporary Australian visa for the spouses and children of New Zealand citizens who arrive in Australia after 26 February 2001.
It gives the holder full work and travel and study rights for 5 years from the date the visa is granted.
Subclass 461 visa holders must maintain adequate health insurance while holding the visa. This means private health insurance unless the hold a passport from a country with a Reciprocal Health Care Agreement (United Kingdom), in which case they are entitled to Medicare.
Renewing your visa
Your visa can be renewed every 5 years, even if you are no longer in the relationship, so long as you are not in a new relationship.
Your partner arrived in Australia pre 26 February 2001
If your partner moved to Australia pre 26 February 2001 you will need to apply for either a subclass 820 Onshore Provisional Partner visa, if you are applying in Australia, or a subclass 309 Offshore Provisional Partner visa if you are applying from outside Australia.