All Black to Wallaby

A lot of New Zealand citizens living in Australia aren’t exactly sure what their immigration status is here- which visa do they hold, do they have a pathway to permanent residence, are they already a permanent resident and can they apply for citizenship? Here’s a handy guide to try to help you to work your way through the minefield.

Did you arrive in Australia for the first time and make Australia your “home” on or before 26 February 2001? 

Congratulations! You may be an Eligible New Zealand Citizen. This essentially means that you have the same rights as an Australian permanent resident. You may also be eligible for Australian citizenship. Contact us to find out more!

 Please go to the next question.

 

Did you arrive in Australia for the first time and make Australia your “home” on or before 19 February 2016?

Congratulations! You may be eligible for an Australian permanent residence visa that is specifically for New Zealand citizens – the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa- New Zealand Stream. Please go to the next question.

you aren’t eligible for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa- New Zealand Stream. However, you do have the same pathways to permanent residence as everyone else and there are some special exemptions for New Zealand citizens that may apply for certain permanent residence visa pathways. Contact us to find out more!

Have you been living in Australia for 5 years?

That’s great, please go to the next question.

you may have a pathway when you have lived in Australia for 5 years. Alternatively there may be a permanent residence pathway that is available to you now- contact is to find out more!

Have you earned at least $53,900 in four out of the last 5 tax years?

Congratulations- subject to health and character requirements, it looks like you meet the basic eligibility requirements for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa- New Zealand Stream! Contact us to find out more about the visa and to double check your eligibility.

Please go to the next question.

Is the reason that you don’t meet the income requirement that:

  1. You had to stay in Australia because of a court order from the Family Court of Australia or the Federal Circuit Court of Australia which gave you primary care of a child and placed restrictions on you removing the child from Australia; OR
  2. You were receiving compensation for an injury and payments would cease if you returned to New Zealand; OR
  3. You took maternity, paternity or carers leave; and

i. immediately before the period of parental or carer’s leave, you had an annual income of at least $53,900; and

ii. you now earn, or you expect to earn within a reasonable period, an annual income of at least $53,900?

An exemption to the income requirement might apply to you. You will need to provide a detailed set of documents to the Department of Home Affairs to demonstrate that the relevant exemption applies to you, but you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa- New Zealand Stream! Contact us to find out more about the visa and to discuss your eligibility.

You may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa- New Zealand Stream when you do meet the income requirement. Alternatively, you do have the same pathways to permanent residence as everyone else and there are some special exemptions for New Zealand citizens that may apply for certain permanent residence visa pathways. Contact us to find out more!