Skilled Independent Visa (New Zealand Stream) 189

The New Zealand Independent Subclass 189 Visa is for New Zealand Special Category (Subclass 444) Visa holders who have been contributing to the Australian economy to apply for Permanent Residency.

New Zealand Citizens who are granted this visa will be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship after 1 year.

If you are not a New Zealand Citizen, you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent 189 Visa.

Not a New Zealand Citizen? See the points-tested Skilled Independent 189


This is a Permanent Visa for New Zealand Citizens in Australia.

This visa lets you live, work, study and enrol in Medicare while in Australia.


  • Applicants must be New Zealand Citizen
  • Applicants must hold a Special Category Subclass 444 Visa
  • Applicants must have been residing in Australia for 5 years
  • Applicants started residency before 16th February 2016
  • Applicants have been earning above the income threshold for each of the four years prior to lodging the application