New Zealand Citizens

New Zealand Citizens residing or visiting Australia may be granted a Special Category Visa  (Subclass 444) upon entry if they meet the below criteria

  • a New Zealand Citizen and do not hold another Australian Visa
  • Present current New Zealand Passport
  • Meet specific health and character requirements

Not a New Zealand Citizen? See our other migration services

SPECIAL CATEGORY (SUBCLASS 444)

The Special Category Visa (SCV) Subclass 444 is a temporary visa that allows New Zealand citizens to live, work and study in Australia.

As a temporary resident, SCV holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian Citizens or permanent residents. A separate visa application/s must be made to become a permanent resident or citizen.

This visa is valid from the time of visa grant (upon arrival) to the time of departure from Australia.

FAMILY & PARTNER VISAS (NEW ZEALAND)

New Zealand citizens with non-New Zealand family members have their own visa subclass. The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461) is for

  • the partner
  • children/step-children or partner’s children/step-children (Including dependent children)

of a New Zealand Citizen (Subclass 444 visa holder)

APPLYING FOR PERMANENT RESIDENCY

New Zealand Citizens have a number of Permanent Visa options.

The Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) New Zealand Stream is specifically for SCV Subclass 444 Visa holders