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Great news, New Zealanders!

From 1 July 2017, all New Zealand citizens, who:

  • hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa;

  • have been usually residents in Australia for a continuous period of five (5) years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016;

  • have a taxable income at or above an income threshold for each income year in the five (5) years prior to lodging an application (unless claiming an exemption);

  • meet mandatory health, character and national security checks; and

  • lodge a visa application and pay the relevant visa application charges,

will be eligible to apply for a Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) visa. This visa will give many New Zealand citizens permanent residence status and it gives an option to apply for Australian citizenship after a period of 12 months.


You will also be able to include you partner and your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child in your application.

More information can be found from the Department of Immigration and Boarder Protection website.


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