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This visa is for a person who is not a New Zealand citizen but is a member of a family unit of a New Zealand citizen. It lets you live and work in Australia for five years.

With this visa you can

  • live, work and study in Australia for 5 years
  • travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid
  • include Members of the family unit in your application

You must

  • not be a New Zealand citizen
  • be one of the Members of the family unit of a New Zealand citizen or their partner
  • make sure if the New Zealand citizen is in Australia that they are on a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (they check in VEVO) or they will travel with you to Australia and will be the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) on arrival (check eligibility). 
  • make sure your New Zealand citizen family member is not an Eligible New Zealand citizen
  • meet certain eligibility criteria if you are no longer one of the Members of the family unit of a New Zealand citizen

Stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 5 years.

Cost

From AUD340

​How long you can stay

This is a temporary visa. You can stay in Australia for 5 years.

The visa is granted with multiple entry. You can travel to and from Australia as many times as you want while the visa is valid.

The visa starts on the date we grant the visa.

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application when you apply. 

Family members who apply for the visa must meet our health and character requirements.

You can't add family members to an application after it is lodged.

While applicants can include members of their familyunit when they lodge the application,all applicants are assessed individually against the criteria for a primary applicant. There is no secondary criteria. 

Newborn children

Find out what to do if your child is born after you apply

Stay longer

You can't stay longer in Australia after your visa expires. 

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

  • you are still a members of the family unit unit of the New Zealand citizen you named in your application for your first subclass 461 visa and that New Zealand citizen is in Australia on a Special Category visa (subclass 444)
  • 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 and that New Zealand citizen is outside Australia and will travel with you to Australia and be the holder of a Special Category visa (subclass 444) on entry to Australia

You can also apply again if you are in Australia and:

  • you hold a subclass 461 visa or it was the last Substantive visa you held
  • you are no longer a member of the family unit of the New Zealand citizen named in your first application as a result of relationship breakdown
  • you have not become a member of the family unit of another person

You can also apply again if you are outside Australia and:

  • you either
    • have been in Australia as the holder of a subclass 461 visa for at least 2 years in the past 5 years
    • you have substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties with Australia that are of benefit to Australia and you have not been away from Australia for more that 5 years before applying for this visa (unless there is a good reason for being away)
  • you held a subclass 461 visa when you last left Australia
  • you are no longer a member of the family unit of the New Zealand citizen named in your first application as a result of relationship breakdown
  • you have not become a member of the family unit of another person

Apply from

You can be in or outside Australia when you apply for the visa but not in immigration clearance.

If you apply in Australia, you and your New Zealand family member must be in Australia when we decide on your application. If you apply outside Australia, you must be outside Australian when we decide

Your obligations

You and your family members must meet all visa conditions that are apply and follow all Australian laws.

See the conditions for this visa.

Adequate health insurance

We recommend you take out health insurance to cover any unforeseen medical treatment you might need in Australia. You are personally liable for all your healthcare costs while you are in Australia. Insurance can help limit your financial liability.

See what we consider adequate health insurance.

See more about health insurance for overseas visitors.

Reciprocal healthcare agreements

Some countries have a reciprocal healthcare agreement with Australia. Find out more from the Department of Human Services about reciprocal healthcare agreements.

 

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