This partner visa is for someone who is not a New Zealand citizen but is a member of a family unit of a New Zealand citizen. You can live and work in Australia temporarily for a 5 year period with this visa.
Who is this Visa suitable for?
People who are a member of a family unit of a New Zealand citizen, or subclass 444 visa holder.
What this Partner Visa lets you do?
5 year stay in Australia.
Live, work and study in Australia over the designated period.
Travel to/ from Australia as many times as you want.
Must not be a New Zealand citizen at the time of application.
Must provide evidence and documentation of relationship to a New Zealand citizen.
How to Apply?
Gather documents proving your identity and relationship to a New Zealand citizen, along with documents about any members of your family unit who are applying with you.
Have all non-English documents translated into English. When you apply on paper you must provide certified copies of your documents. Keep a copy of your completed application.
Apply online using an ‘immiAccount’ or apply on paper by submitting a valid application before any existing visa ceases.
Frequently Asked Questions
To prove your relationship with your partner or spouse some of the documents you can include:
- De-facto relationship certificate or marriage certificate (a marriage that is recognized under Australian Laws)
- Photos together with your family and friends
- Joint bank statements
- If you have been apart together- communications to show this such as calls and messages
- If you have a child together, their birth certificate
- Joint lease/joint rent
These are only a few suggestions. You will need to illustrate to the case officer that you are in a genuine and committed relationship.
When you apply for the partner visa on de-facto grounds you would generally need to prove 12 months of living together. However, if you register your relationship with an Australian Territory or state government you can be exempt from this.
You will need to visit the respective states ‘births, deaths, and marriages’ site for the requirements of the relationship certificate.
This visa usually take around 11 to 36 months to process. This is a case-by-case scenario.
Make sure you include all of the relevant forms and your relationship documents at the time you submit the visa.
It is a paper application. If you are in Australia on the form 147 it will mention where you will need to submit your application. If you are offshore, then you will need to submit to the nearest embassy to you.
You can apply for another 461 visa on your own.
You can apply for it as many times as you want. You will still need to comply with the conditions on the visa.
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With AIVS’ Australian migration agents and Melbourne based partner visa specialists we can help you find a solution to your visa needs, and assist you with any questions you may have about which visa is suitable for your specific circumstances.