New Zealand citizens that currently reside in Australia may be able to sponsor their non-New Zealand family member or partner to live, study and work in Australia for a temporary stay of up to five years. The Subclass 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa provides a flexible option for de-facto partners, spouses and children of New Zealand citizens to come to Australia because it provides full work and study rights and allows travel in
and out of Australia over the visa period. Once the visa expires, family members may also be able to re-apply for the visa for a further five year stay in Australia.
There are several factors affecting a person’s eligibility for a New Zealand Citizen Family Visa. These include:
• Whether you meet the health and character requirements;
• Whether you currently have any debts payable to the Australian Government;
• Biometrics tests as required;
• Whether you arrange adequate health insurance during your stay;
• Any previous visa cancellations or refusals;
• And whether you are applying from within or outside of Australia – This will impact the way in which you apply for the visa either as an onshore or offshore application and your travel arrangements at the time of the visa grant.
The applicant must also not be a New Zealand citizen, but rather a ‘member of the family unit’ of a New Zealand Citizen. Generally, this includes a spouse, de-facto partner or child of a New Zealand citizen. However, there are some circumstances that exclude a person from being considered a ‘member of the family unit,’ depending on the age of the applicant and their level of dependence on the sponsor. Alternative criteria may need to be met if a person cannot be classified as a ‘member of the family unit’. A Registered Migration Agent can provide professional advice on your eligibility to apply for the Subclass 461 New Zealand Citizen Family visa by assessing your circumstances during a consultation.
To sponsor a family member on a Subclass 461 Visa, you must not be considered an ‘eligible New Zealand citizen’. Generally, this includes New Zealanders who are an Australian permanent resident and who arrived in
Australia before February 2001. New Zealanders who arrived in Australia after February 2001 may not be considered an ‘eligible New Zealand citizen’ and therefore may be able to sponsor a family member for a Subclass 461 Visa. In addition, the sponsor will need to hold a Subclass 444 Special Category Visa in Australia. A migration agent can advise how this requirement may impact a sponsor’s Australian travel and visa arrangements.
Our team of Registered Migration Agents provide personalised advice on your eligibility for various visa options that suit your family’s requirements. The 461 Visa may be an option for family members of New Zealand citizens who would like to temporarily live, work and study in Australia.
The first step is usually to arrange a consultation to discuss your personal circumstances and assess your eligibility for the Subclass 461 New Zealand Family Visa and other available options. Following this, we work as a team to support you through each step of the visa application process. Simply contact us on [email protected] or 08 9221 3388.
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