New Zealanders already have special arrangements that allow them to more easily enter and reside in Australia. However these arrangements do not provide a pathway to permanent residence, and ultimately Australian citizenship. On 19 February 2016 the Australian Government announced an additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand Special Category (Subclass 444) visa holders who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, in acknowledgment of the special bilateral relationship between our two countries.
From 1 July 2017 New Zealand citizens will be eligible to apply for this visa pathway if they arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, but on or before 19 February 2016, and at the time of application the primary applicant can prove:
This visa option will be available via the New Zealand stream within the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent category, and immigration's application charge will be payable in two instalments - 20 per cent at the time of application and the remainder before visa grant.
Under various arrangements since the 1920's there has been a free flow of people between Australia and New Zealand. Under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement introduced in 1973, Australian and New Zealand citizens are able to enter each other's country to visit, live and work indefinitely, without the need to apply for prior authority. New Zealand is the only country in the world that has such an arrangement with Australia.
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