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Permanent Closure of Subclass 189 Visa - New Zealand Stream Only


Effective July 1, 2023, the New Zealand stream of the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa has been permanently closed to new applications from primary applicants. As a result, it is no longer possible to submit a new application for a New Zealand stream visa. This change has been implemented to support the introduction of a new direct pathway to Australian citizenship for New Zealand citizens. Applications lodged prior to 1 July 2023 will continue to be processed.


Individuals with pending applications under the New Zealand stream and family members holding a Special Category visa (subclass 444) may consider withdrawing their application. Instead, they can opt to apply for Australian citizenship through the new direct pathway for New Zealand citizens.


To assess your individual circumstances and understand your options, book a consultation with one of our experienced 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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