If you are married or in a de-facto relationship with a New Zealand citizen either living in Australia or offshore, the Subclass 461 visa may be a suitable option for you. The Subclass 461 visa is also available to other eligible family members of New Zealand citizens.
You need to be an eligible family member of someone living in Australia on a Subclass 444 or be traveling to Australia with a family member who will be granted a Subclass 444 on arrival.
This visa allows you to live and work in Australia for up to five years and can be renewed as long as you continue to meet the criteria for the grant of the visa.
In order to be eligible for a 461 Visa, you must meet the following criteria:
Current processing time varies and it’s best to check the Department of Home Affairs current global processing time at https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/300
As of 1 July 2021, the government fee for a Subclass 461 visa is AUD$370 for the main applicant.
To check the Government visa application charge please access http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Fees
Once your 461 Visa application is granted, you will be entitled to:
You can renew your visa, even if your relationship with the Special Category visa holder has ended provided that:
There are no options to pathway into permanent residency from a Subclass 461 visa, unless you meet the criteria of another type of visa stream, such as a skilled visa and/or employer sponsored visa.
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