Should a 461 visa holder Apply for a Partner Visa

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A subclass 461 visa is NOT a Permanent Partner Visa.

If a subclass 461 visa holder wishes to stay Permanently in Australia, they should apply for another visa that will allow them to stay Permanently.

A subclass 461 visa is only a TEMPORARY visa, allowing them to stay in Australia for up to 5 years at a time, with their eligible New Zealand citizen partner.

If the relationship ends, either by splitting up, or by the death of the New Zealand citizen, this visa will end.

Subclass 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship visa.

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 is a visa designed so the couple can stay together, while the New Zealand citizen is living in Australia.

If the relationship ends, either by splitting up, or by the death of the New Zealand citizen, this visa will end.



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If the Foreign citizen partner has applied for a New Zealand Permanent visa, being the partner of a New Zealand Citizen, they would then return to New Zealand, or their own home country.

An Australian subclass 820 partner visa, with the subsequent subclass 801 Permanent Partner visa, might be a better option for many foreign partners of some New Zealand Citizens in Australia.

The subclass 820/801 lets the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen live in Australia.  This will eventually allow the Foreign citizen partner to stay in Australia in the event of the relationship ending, for whatever reason.

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