New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461)

Features

This visa allows a non-New Zealand family member of a New Zealand citizen to live and work in Australia for up to five years.

Requirements

You might be able to get this visa if:

About this visa

The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461) allows someone who is not a New Zealand citizen to live in Australia with a family member who:

  • is a New Zealand citizen
  • either
    • holds a Special Category visa (subclass 444) and is living in Australia, or
    • is eligible to hold a Special Category visa (subclass 444) and is accompanyinig you to Australia.

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for this visa.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • work and study in Australia
  • travel to, enter and remain in Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted.

Before you apply

Your passport

If you plan to get a new passport, you should do so before applying for your visa. In most cases, you and your family members must have valid passports to be granted this visa.

Cost

The visa application charges are listed in Fees and charges.

Other costs

You might have to pay other costs, such as the costs of health assessments, police certificates, or any other certificates or tests. You are responsible for making the necessary arrangements.

Visa applicants

This information tells you what you need to do to apply for a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461).

Who could get this visa

You might be able to get this visa if:

You must be related to the New Zealand citizen as either:

  • their partner
  • their (or their partner's) dependent child
  • the dependent child of their (or their partner's) dependent child
  • their (or their partner's) relative who:
    • does not have a partner
    • usually lives in the New Zealand citizen’s household
    • is dependent on the New Zealand citizen.

You must also meet health and character requirements.

Health requirements

You must meet certain health requirements. The health examinations you need will depend on your personal circumstances, including your period of stay, country of citizenship, time spent in another country during the last five years and your intended activities in Australia. The results of your health examinations are generally valid for 12 months.

This applies to you and any dependent family members included in your application.

You are able to organise your health examinations upfront before lodging a visa application.

Health insurance

You are responsible for all your health costs while you are in Australia. You will not be covered by Australia's national health scheme (Medicare) unless your country has a reciprocal health care agreement with Australia.

You might have to hold private health insurance with an Australian fund for the duration of your visa. Your case officer will advise you if you must do this.

Character requirements

You must meet certain character requirements. You will need to provide a police certificate from each country you have lived in for 12 months or more during the past 10 years after you turned 16 years of age.

This also applies to all eligible family members in your application who are 16 years of age or older.

Debts to the Australian Government

You must have no outstanding debts to the Australian Government or have arranged to repay any outstanding debts to the Australian Government before this visa can be granted.

Provide biometrics

You might be asked to provide biometrics (a scientific form of identification) as part of the application. Countries and visa subclasses included in the biometrics program has more information.

Including family members in your application

You can include the following members of your family unit in your visa application:

  • your or your partner’s dependent children
  • other dependent relatives.

These family members will need to provide evidence that they are members of the family unit of the New Zealand citizen. They must also be able to meet Australia's health and character requirements.

How to apply

This information explains what you need to do to apply for a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461).

Applying in Australia: You must be in Australia when the application is lodged and the visa is granted.

Applying outside Australia: You must be outside Australia when the visa is granted.

Prepare your documents

You need to provide documents to prove the claims you make in the application. The documents are listed in the Document checklist.

Some documents could take some time to obtain. You should have them ready when you lodge the application to reduce any delays in processing.

Lodge your application

To apply you must complete:

  • Form 147 Application for a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461) visa (254 kB PDF)

You must provide all relevant documents and pay the visa application charge when you apply.

In Australia:

If you are in Australia, lodge your application by post or courier to the Sydney office in New South Wales - attention NZ Family Relationship Visa Centre.

Outside Australia:

Lodge your application at one of the immigration offices outside Australia, which will tell you how you can pay. There is also information at Method of Payment Accepted at Australian Missions.

More information

There is more information to help you prepare your application, such as certifying and translating documents into English, communicating with us, using a migration agent, authorising another person to receive information from us, and receiving assistance with your application.

After you have applied

After you have lodged your application and documents, we will let you know that we have received your information.

Wait for a decision

We have visa processing times for each visa.

Your application could take longer if you need character or health checks (including x-rays), if you need to provide more information, or if your application is incomplete.

Outside Australia:
If you apply for this visa from outside Australia, do not make arrangements to travel to Australia until you are advised in writing that you have been granted a visa. Wait for a decision from us before you leave your job, sell your home or book your travel.

In Australia:
If you apply for this visa in Australia, you could be eligible for a Bridging visa that allows you to stay in the country lawfully while your application is processed. If you are given a Bridging visa A, you can apply for a Bridging visa B (BVB) to travel outside Australia while you wait for a decision.

Provide more information

You can provide more information to us, at any time until a decision is made on the application. If you want to correct information you provided, use:

We could also ask you for more information. You will have to respond by a set date. After that date, we can make a decision about your application using the information that we have.

If another person gives us information that could result in you being refused a visa, we will usually give you the opportunity to comment on the information.

You might also be interviewed. If you are asked to attend an interview in person, bring your passport or other identification and any requested documents to the interview.

Report changes in circumstances

You must tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth, divorce, separation, marriage, de facto relationship or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

If you do not provide us with the details of any new passport issued to you, you could experience significant delays at the airport and may be denied permission to board your plane.

Withdrawing your application

You can withdraw the application at any time before we make a decision about it. To do this, send us a letter or email to ask for the withdrawal. Your request must include your full name and date of birth. You should also include the number we gave you when you applied, if you know it – this could be a file reference number, client ID, or a Transaction Reference Number.

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must sign the letter of withdrawal or send a separate email or letter.

Visa decision

If the visa is granted, we will let you know:

  • when you can use the visa
  • the visa grant number
  • any conditions attached to the visa.

You will not have a visa label placed in your passport.

If the visa is not granted, we will let you know:

  • why the visa was refused
  • your review rights (if any)
  • the time limit for lodging an appeal.

Document checklist

You need to provide documents to support your application for this visa. We can make a decision using the information you provide when you lodge your application. It is in your interest to provide as much information as possible with your application.

Provide certified copies of original documents. Do not include original documents unless we specifically ask for them. Police certificates should be original documents. Documents not in English must be accompanied by accredited English translations.

Use this checklist to make sure your application is complete.

Forms

Form 147 Application for a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (subclass 461) visa (254 kB PDF)

Receiving assistance

Charges

Personal documents

  • Certified copies of the biographical pages of the current passports or travel documents of all people included in the application (these are the pages with the holder's photo and personal details and the issue/expiry dates).
  • Two recent passport-sized photographs (45 mm x 35 mm) of each person included in the application.
    • These photographs should be of the head and shoulders only against a plain background.
    • Print the name of the person on the back of each photograph.
  • If your name has changed or the name of anyone included in your application has changed: a certified copy of evidence of the name change.
  • Certified copies of birth certificates for you and any other person included in the application. The certificates must show the names of both parents of your dependent children.
  • Certified copies of marriage certificates or relationship registrations.
  • If you are living in a de facto relationship: independent evidence that your relationship is genuine and continuing (for example, joint bank account statements, billing accounts in joint names or joint ownership of major assets).
  • If you or anyone included in the application has been widowed, divorced or permanently separated: a certified copy of the death certificate, divorce documents, or statutory declaration separation documents.
  • If you are younger than 18 years of age: evidence from each person who has the legal right to decide where you live, such as:
    • certified copies of official legal documents, such as a court-issued parental responsibility (custody), access or guardianship order
    • astatutory declaration from each person with a legal responsibility to you, stating that they have no objection to your migration
    • Form 1229 Consent to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years (125 kB PDF).

If you use Form 1229 or a statutory declaration, you will have to attach a certified copy of the other parent's government-issued identification document (such as a passport or drivers licence) with their photograph and signature.

Health and character documents

  • Documents to show you meet Australia’s health requirements:
    • Applying outside Australia: medical and/or x-ray examinations by a panel doctor for you and any family member planning to stay with you in Australia
    • Applying in Australia: evidence of a booking or receipt from Bupa Medical Visa Services for your medical and/or x-ray examinations.
  • Police checks for everyone included in the visa application who is 16 years of age or older:
    • an Australian National Police Check for anyone who has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in Australia since turning 16 years of age
    • police certificates from each country in which anyone in your application has spent a cumulative total of 12 months or more in the past 10 years since turning 16 years of age.

Provide the original certificates and keep a copy for yourself.

  • If anyone included in the application has served in the armed forces of any country: certified copies of their military service record or discharge papers.

Evidence of your relationship to the New Zealand citizen

  • Evidence of your relationship with the New Zealand citizen. This can include:
    • certified copies of birth certificates for each person claiming a relationship with the New Zealand citizen
    • marriage certificates
    • death certificates
    • adoption certificates
    • family status certificates or family books (if these documents are officially issued and maintained).
  • Evidence that the New Zealand citizen holds or is eligible for a Special Category visa (subclass 444). This can include:
  • a certified copy of the New Zealand citizen’s birth certificate
  • a New Zealand passport.
  • A family tree or diagram of your relationship to the New Zealand citizen.

Visa holders

This information is for people who have already been granted a New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461). It explains your rights and obligations.

You can use Visa Entitlement Verification Online (VEVO) for free to check your visa details and entitlements.

How long your visa lasts

This visa is valid for up to five years from the date it is granted.

Applying for another New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461)

You can apply for another New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461) if:

  • you are still a member of the family unit of the New Zealand citizen you named in your application for your first subclass 461 visa
  • you are in Australia and:
    • you hold a subclass 461 visa, or you are not the holder of a substantive visa and the last substantive visa you held was a subclass 461 visa
    • you are no longer a member of the family unit of a person in relation to whom you were granted a subclass 461 visa
    • you have not become a member of the family unit of any other person
  • you are outside Australia and:
    • either you have been in Australia as the holder of a subclass 461 visa for at least two years in the past five years, or you have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties with Australia that are of benefit to Australia and you have not been absent from Australia for a continuous period of five years before applying for this visa unless there are compelling reasons for the absence
    • you held a subclass 461 visa when you last left Australia
    • you are no longer a member of the family unit of the person in relation to whom you were granted a subclass 461 visa
    • you have not become a member of the family unit of another person.

What this visa lets you do

This visa allows you to:

  • work and study in Australia
  • travel to, enter and remain in Australia for five years from the date the visa is granted. 

Your obligations

You and your family must comply with all visa conditions and Australian laws.

Report changes in circumstances

Tell us if your circumstances change. This includes a new residential address, a new passport, or a pregnancy, birth or death in your family.

You can use the following forms:

Estimate the cost of your visa

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