Subclass 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa


The Subclass 461 visa allows non-New Zealand citizens to live and work in Australia if they have a family relationship with a New Zealand citizen who is in Australia on a Special Category visa (Subclass 444). This temporary visa is valid for up to five years and can be renewed.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for the Subclass 461 visa, you must:

Key Points to Remember

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Any non-New Zealand citizen who is a family member of a New Zealand citizen holding a Subclass 444 visa can apply. This includes spouses, partners, dependent children.
The visa lasts for up to five years. You can apply for a new Subclass 461 visa to continue staying in Australia after the initial visa expires.
Yes, the visa allows you to work and study in Australia without any restrictions.
Yes, you can include eligible family members in your application. They must also meet the health and character requirements.
Applicants must meet specific health standards and provide police certificates to demonstrate good character
If your relationship with the New Zealand citizen ends, you must inform the Department of Home Affairs. This may affect your visa status.
To renew your visa, you must lodge a new application before your current visa expires and continue to meet the eligibility criteria, including maintaining your relationship with the New Zealand citizen holding a Subclass 444 visa.
Yes, you can travel freely in and out of Australia while your visa is valid.
It is recommended to have health insurance, although you might have access to Medicare under certain conditions.