Citizens of New Zealand can bring their non – New Zealand partners to Australia. The type of visa that your partner will be eligible to apply for depends on when you (the NZ citizen) arrived in Australia.
Are you an ‘Eligible New Zealand Citizen’?
To be an Eligible New Zealand Citizen you must have arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport and subclass 444 visa before 26 February 2001 and spending 12 months in the 2 years immediately before this date in Australia.
Partners of Eligible New Zealand Citizens
If you are an Eligible New Zealand Citizen, your partner can apply for a subclass 300, 309 or 820 visa – just the same as the partner of an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent resident.
What if I arrived after 26 February 2001?
If you are not an Eligible New Zealand Citizen, your partner can apply for the New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa (subclass 461).
This visa lasts for 5 years and can be renewed, even if your relationship has ended. This visa does not have a pathway to permanent residency or citizenship (similar to the subclass 444 that you hold).
The benefit of this visa is that it costs $370 (as at July 2021) which is a lot cheaper than the $7000 plus that the 300, 309 or 820 cost!