The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) Visa (Subclass 461) is designed for family members of New Zealand citizens residing in Australia. This temporary visa allows family members, including partners, dependent children, and other dependent relatives, to live and work in Australia for up to five years.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. Relationship: The applicant must be a family member of a New Zealand citizen, including partners, dependent children, or other dependent relatives.
  2. Sponsorship: An eligible New Zealand citizen residing in Australia must sponsor the applicant.
  3. Health and Character: Applicants must meet health and character requirements.
  4. Financial Support: The sponsor must demonstrate the ability to financially support the applicant during their stay in Australia.

Application Process:

  1. Sponsorship: The New Zealand citizen sponsor applies to sponsor the family member in Australia.
  2. Application Submission: The family member submits their application for the Subclass 461 visa online, providing necessary documents such as identification, relationship proof, health assessments, and character documents.
  3. Processing: The application undergoes processing, during which additional documents might be requested.
  4. Visa Grant: Upon approval, the family member is granted the Subclass 461 visa, allowing them to live and work in Australia temporarily.

Benefits and Privileges:

  1. Temporary Residency: Allows family members of New Zealand citizens to live in Australia for up to five years.
  2. Work and Study Rights: Visa holders can work and study in Australia.
  3. Access to Healthcare: Eligible for Australia’s healthcare system, Medicare.
  4. Travel: Allows multiple entries and exits from Australia while the visa is valid.

Document Checklist:

  • Passport and travel documents
  • Relationship proof (for partners and dependent children)
  • Health assessments
  • Character documents
  • Proof of sponsorship and financial support


Q: Can I include my partner and children in the application?
A: Yes, partners and dependent children can be included in the Subclass 461 visa application.

Q: Is there a processing time for this visa?
A: Processing times vary based on individual circumstances and application completeness. It’s recommended to apply well in advance of intended travel.

Q: Can the visa be extended beyond five years?
A: The Subclass 461 visa is temporary and generally valid for up to five years. Extensions may be possible if the New Zealand citizen sponsor’s visa is extended or if a new sponsorship is obtained.

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