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Australian Citizenship Eligibility for NZ Citizens




From 1 January 2023, New Zealand Citizens who held a 444 visa and have been granted a Subclass 189 skilled independent visa via the New Zealand stream after 31 December 2021 and before 1 July 2023, are taken to have become a permanent resident on 1 January 2022. This arrangement applies to both primary and secondary visa holders.


This change enables affected New Zealand citizens to satisfy the general residence requirement for Australian citizenship at an earlier point they otherwise would.


You can obtain further information about the above process by contacting one of our Registered Migration Agents today.


Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.


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