Australian permanent residency for New Zealand citizens

Why New Zealanders would apply for a permanent residency in Australia

Australian permanent residency for New Zealand citizens. New Zealand citizens can come to Australia and remain here indefinitely with full work rights as holders of a Special Category Subclass 444 visas. Usually, there is no need to apply for 444 visa before embarking the plane as this visa is granted on arrival. So why New Zealanders would apply for an Australian permanent residency at all? There are few reasons:

  • although New Zealanders are eligible for Medicare in Australia, they are not eligible for any social benefits from Centrelink such as welfare payments, unemployment or sickness benefits, or disaster relief
  • New Zealand citizens can’t get student loans to study in Australia (there are some exemptions)
  • New Zealanders can’t take the jobs where a person must be an Australian Citizen or permanent resident. Even being a postie in Australia is not an option for a Kiwi.
  • New Zealanders can’t take a job in an Australian Army or Australian Government
  • Kids of NZ can’t represent Australia in international competitions
  • If a family member is not a New Zealand citizen they must apply and renew now and then their temporary New Zealand dependent visa
  • New Zealanders can’t vote in Australia
  • and so on…

For most of our New Zealand client’s, it’s about their own security and future of their children. Kids can be included in their parents’ application as dependents and this way they can become a PR in Australia. Once kids will finish their school and start working, they’ll have to apply for their own permanent residency visa, which may be difficult if not impossible.

Eligible New Zealand Citizens

Kiwis who came to Australia before 26 of February 2001 are considered as permanent residents and might be eligible for Australian citizenship if they would have lived in Australia for a couple of years before applying for a citizenship. There are specific requirements which must be met.

To be considered as an Eligible New Zealand Citizen a holder of a New Zealand passport, either:

  • must have been present in Australia on 26 February 2001 as SCV visa holder
  • must have a certificate issued under the Social Security Act 1991 stating that they were residing in Australia on a particular date. These certificates are no longer issued.
  • those who were outside Australia on 26 February 2001, but before that date were living in Australia as an SCV holder for a total of 12 months in the two years prior to that date, and then returned to Australia

Those New Zealanders who have missed the February 2001 deadline, before being eligible for Australian citizenship, must become an Australian Permanent resident, which means they must apply for an Australian permanent residency visa if they want to become an Australian citizen.

I’ll explain different Australian Permanent Residency visas available for New Zealand citizens in a moment.

Citizenship for a child born in Australia

This is an interesting one. A child born in Australia and living here all their life is becoming an Australian Citizen on their 10th birthday. Irrespectively what kind of visa they have held or if they had a visa at all. It’s an operation of law – you do not even have to apply for citizenship for your kid. You will have to apply for a citizenship confirmation, so yes – some paperwork is still required – we’re more than happy to assist.

189 Visa New Zealand stream

189 NZ visa requirements

australian permanent residency for new zealand citizens kiwis in ozA new stream for New Zealand citizens has been introduced to the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa.

The new pathway makes it possible for NZ citizens who have lived in Australia for 5 years and who have been earning taxable income in Australia to qualify for permanent residence. Legislation have passed through parliament on 18/05/2017 and the visa criteria are:

  • There is no age limit for primary applicant
  • Primary 189 NZ stream visa applicant must be a holder of 444 special category visa
  • Secondary applicants (immediate family members) might be a holder of any substantive visa, BVA, BVB or BVC
  • Primary visa applicant must have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before the date of visa application.
  • Primary applicant must have arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001 but before 20 February 2016 (NZ citizens who were living in Australia before 26 February 2001 might be considered “eligible New Zealand citizen” and might be eligible for citizenship straight away)
  • Primary applicant must have earned taxable income at or above the TSMIT (Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold – currently $53,900) for last 4 financial years within 5 years period of residence in Australia
  • Copies of tax liability in relation to the 4 most recently completed income years before the date of the application (during the period of 5 years immediately before that date) will have to be provided, so despite visa will be available from 01/07/2017 application will have to be lodged once a tax return for FY16/17 will be acknowledged by ATO.
  • All family members will have to meet health and character requirements

In very limited circumstances a waiver might be available for the taxable income requirement – for example, primary carers of children who are unable to return to New Zealand due to custody or access issues.

There is no capping or occupation ceiling for 189 NZ stream, it should stay as part of migration program for years. If you do not qualify yet you might become eligible in next couple of years, so “sweet as Bro”!

Concession on 189 NZ visa application fee

The visa application fee is the same as for another subclass 189 applicants. However, New Zealanders applying under the new pathway will only have to pay 20% of the application fees of lodgement, with the remainder payable before visa grant. As of 01/07/2017 189 visa fees are as follow:

  • Primary applicant: $3,670
  • Adult dependent: $1,835
  • Child Dependent (each): $920

Are you ready to apply for 189 NZ stream visa?

There is a lot of documents which will have to be submitted to the department of immigration with a visa application and the fees for a visa are rather high. I guess you would like to maximize your chances for a visa grant, so take this opportunity and let me take care of your visa application. For a limited time, I have dropped Migration Agent fee for 189 NZ stream visa to $1500 (conditions apply). For this fee, I’ll guide you through the whole process and will deal on your behalf with a department of immigration. Please answer the questions below and we’ll get back to you.

Impact on Migration Program

Skilled Independent applicants currently need to meet a range of criteria that applicants in the NZ citizen stream would not – namely:

  • Skills Assessment in an occupation on the Skilled Occupations List
  • English Language Testing
  • Passing the skilled migration points test
  • Receiving an invitation via SkillSelect
  • Paying the full application fees at lodgement
  • Maximum age limit of 49

There is virtually no commonality with the proposed NZ citizen stream, so the rationale for including it within the Skilled Independent subclass is not clear. There is a possibility for applicants who do meet the demanding requirements for skilled independent migration to be disadvantaged if NZ citizen applicants receive priority, but would that be a concern for New Zealanders?

There may be 60-70,000 New Zealanders who may be eligible for the new stream – as there are only 44,000 places available for the skilled independent subclass each year, this may mean it will be more competitive to obtain an invitation for a subclass 189 visa. The impact is likely to be significant in the first few years as New Zealanders who were previously not eligible for permanent residence make applications. The impact is likely to decline thereafter.

As the New Zealanders need to have been resident for the last 5 years in Australia, there would be no impact on Net Overseas Migration. We would argue that the new stream should operate outside the Migration Program, or at least should not count towards the quota for the 189 program. This would allow New Zealanders to apply without restriction, but limit the impact on others seeking to apply for Skilled Migration.

If you are not eligible for 189 NZ stream there might be the other options available as for any other nationalities, such as:

  • 189 / 190 / 489 skilled stream
  • ENS visa (186) (there are special provisions for New Zealanders within ENS and RSMS visa programs)
  • RSMS visa (187)
  • Family visas (partner, parent, child)
  • Business visas (888, 132)

If you would like advice on your migration options, please book a consultation with one of our migration advisors or give us a call.

Feel free to ask a question or share your thoughts in comments below.

Australian permanent residency for New Zealand citizens
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88 thoughts on “Australian permanent residency for New Zealand citizens

  • 26/03/2017 at 12:36 pm
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    Hi. I was wondering if you would still qualify for the new migration pathway for New Zealand Citizens if the average of the last five years is greater than TSMIT but you took a year off work in the middle to look after a sick partner? E.g. the average of 125K + 125K + 0 + 125K + 125K is 100K pa.

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    • 27/06/2017 at 10:51 am
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      Must be for last consecutive 4 financial years unless exemption does apply, so I am afraid you will not qualify, but you may qualify in next 2 years assuming you’ll earn above threshold.

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  • 24/04/2017 at 2:31 pm
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    My husband is on a 461 visa currently living in Australia I am a nd citerzin. We are wanting to apply for nd permanent residency. R we able to apply from Australia or do we need to be living in nz?. What is the procedure of doing this?

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    • 27/06/2017 at 10:55 am
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      Not sure about the question? If you are asking about New Zealand permanent residency for your husband, I can’t help you with that.
      As a holder of 444 SC visa you may be eligible for Australian permanent residency and also your husband as secondary applicant even if he does hold 461 visa.

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  • 25/04/2017 at 11:50 pm
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    what about for young new zealanders in there 20’s who do not earn that much? but have been here in australia for the last 10 – 15years , and not had any criminal records etc..

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    • 27/06/2017 at 11:03 am
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      Here’s a quite interesting example why New Zealanders living in Australia who care about their children should get their permanent residency – because children as dependents will become Australian permanent residents as well. Once a child turns 18 and is not going to school is not considered as dependent anymore and needs to get their own PR visa (there are some exemptions, so child up to 23 years old might be considered a dependent for 189 NZ visa). There aren’t that many options – what comes to my mind is Partner visa (if in a relationship with an Australian) or ENS visa (if employer willing to help).

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  • 29/06/2017 at 9:10 am
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    I have 2 questions with regard to the new stream:

    1. My partner – NZ citizen has arrived in Australia on February 16th, 2016, just a few days before the cutoff. He signed the flat rental lease on the 20th with a lease commencement date of March 1st. Does it make him NOT ususally resident and eligible? He has correspondences with estate agent within in that 3 days to show he was looking for a place to settle though.

    2. I see NZ citizens will be exempt from newly introduced Australian citizenship rules, i.e. can apply for citizenship after 12 month once the PR is granted. Does this also apply to the partner if included in the new 189 visa?

    Thanks

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:56 am
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      1. As long as he arrived before the cutoff date and got settled right after, shall be fine.
      2. Still waiting for legislation – don’t have the answer to that.

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  • 29/06/2017 at 10:01 pm
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    Hi there, just wondering my family and I have been settled in Australia for 5years.. The first 2years we were here I didn’t work due to no work experience, however I went back to do a course with in that 2 years and I graduated as a nurse… I started working, 2014/15 financial year I earned $48,000 before tax in 10months 2nd year 2015/16 I earned $58,000 before tax and 2016/17 financial year I am going to lodge my tax and my income is $63,500
    So my family and I can apply for this please???

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:54 am
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      Assuming you’ll earn above the threshold for next 3 financial years you may become eligible for 189 NZ stream visa in 2020. Have a chat with your employer if they would like to help you become a PR and sponsor you for ENS visa. There are special provisions for New Zealanders when it comes to Employer Sponsored Permanent visas. If they’d like to assist let them give us a call to +61 (7) 3668 0658

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  • 01/07/2017 at 7:13 pm
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    I wish to apply under the new scheme. I have been in Australia for 11 years working as a teacher.
    I have all the Notices of Assessment sent to me by the ATO for the years I have worked. I have made a substantial “Salary Sacrifice” every month from 2008 and my employer has sent it to my Super Fund.
    The Taxable Income shown in the Notices of Assessments does not show these amounts. As such in some years I am unable to meet the minimum threshold of $53,900. My gross salary should be the Taxable income (taxed by ATO) plus the Salary Sacrifice (taxed by the Super Fund and the taxed amount sent to ATO). However the Payment summary for the year endings show the Gross payments and the Reportable employer superannuation contributions.

    So how can I reconcile this as the Notices of Assessment does not show my gross salary and this is the document I have to submit when applying.

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:50 am
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      It must be taxable income above the threshold. Please discuss with your accountant.

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  • 02/07/2017 at 9:34 am
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    Hello i have been working with my company from last 13 years and from year 2012 my income is above 54,000 to 59,000 but in year 2014 and 15 financial year I have to take three months off due to my wife sickness and to take care of my kids for that you my income was only $48,000 am I still able to apply for a residency and I also have a carer leaves letter from my employer.
    2) Do i need to wait for this year tex return or can apply with my last 5years tex return reports.if they are above $55,000 each year.

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    • 03/12/2017 at 8:02 am
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      You must have earned over the threshold 4 in 5 years before applying for a visa.

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  • 03/07/2017 at 4:56 pm
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    Hi. My husband arrived AU at the end of November 2012, and the income earned as,
    2012/2013 $21500 (not the full financial year), rest of the years have been over the threshold. As only four notice of Assessments are required, can we submit 2013/2014, 2014/2015, 2015/2016 and 2016/2017 (4 notice of assessments) and apply at the end of November 2017, or wait until July 2018? Thanks.

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:48 am
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      November shall be fine.

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  • 15/07/2017 at 8:25 pm
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    Hi sir
    I came in Australia in aug 2012, got permanent residency in dec 2014 . I am a new Zealand Citizen ,. STILL LIVING IN AUSTRALIA . MY QUESTION IS AM I ELIGIBLE TO APPLY AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP Thanks Shimmi

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:45 am
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      We’re still waiting for legislation to go through Parliament. Don’t have an answer to this question yet.

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  • 17/07/2017 at 10:24 am
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    my income is above the threshold according to my group certificates , however in the notice of assessment fell below it because of applying negative gearing and other tax deductions . would I still qualify

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:43 am
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      Must be taxable income. Have a chat with your accountant what you can to amend an assessment.

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  • 18/07/2017 at 12:26 am
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    I came to Australia from NZ in 1996.I have 2 children born here 1 in 1997 and the other in 2000.The children are Australian citizens both parents are kiwis.We have never had to become residents as this was automatic.This year I have applied for a house loan and have been told to get in touch with immigration as I am not a resident.My family tax has been cut off also apparently pending information from the immigration department.We work,pay taxes etc.What can we do?

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:42 am
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      If you’ve been living in Australia since 1996, you might be considered as “eligible New Zealand citizen”. There are special provisions for New Zealanders who came to Australia before 26 February 2001. You might be pleasantly surprised, that you are very likely eligible for Australian Citizenship. Please give us a call or contact us through this form https://migration-agent.com/contact-us/to discuss your options.

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  • 06/08/2017 at 1:35 pm
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    My husband is on 461 visa and has been working for the last 5years we have been here. I am NZ citizen with 2kids born here in 2012 and 2014. Can we apply for the Australian residency visa?

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  • 11/08/2017 at 3:40 pm
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    What taxable income include? Wage, rental income ?

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:15 am
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      Source of income does not really. What department requires is a statement from ATO.

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  • 17/08/2017 at 12:13 pm
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    What does a 17-year-old New Zealand citizen who has been living in Australia for 9 years, need to do to apply for permanent residency? Do I need to apply for a special category 444 visa? ( I have completed all schooling in Australia)

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    • 21/08/2017 at 11:50 am
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      The best would be if parent(s) would qualify and apply for PR and their 17 years old child would be included in their PR application as a dependent.

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    • 06/09/2017 at 8:33 pm
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      My Name Nannette, i am NZ citizen but i want to apply for Australia permanent residency, Just wondering Can i apply permanent residency for australia while i am living in NZ ?
      How much going to cost me ?
      What is the time processing time ?

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      • 27/09/2017 at 9:43 am
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        Nanette
        Simple answer is yes – you can, but if you are eligible for Australian PR depends on your situation. We’d have to check your skills and family composition to determine your eligibility for PR visa.

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  • 28/08/2017 at 1:21 pm
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    I came to Australia in 1981 from New Zealand and my first international flight from Australia was January 2011,Was I automatically approved permanent residency when I arrived in 1981?I still have the original passport which I cam to Australia with in 1981 and what steps do I need to prove that I have permanent-residency or not?

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    • 27/09/2017 at 10:04 am
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      You shall be considered so-called “eligible New Zealand citizen”. There are special provisions for people like you, and very likely you might be eligible for citizenship already. We’d have to discuss.

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  • 01/09/2017 at 3:28 pm
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    Hi I’m a 22 years old New Zealand citizen, I have been living in Australia since 2007, I’m still confused on how i become a Australian permanent residedent or if its possible? Thanks

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  • 07/09/2017 at 8:19 pm
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    I came to Australia in September 2016 m I able to apply for Australia permanent residency if not then when can I apply and what is the requirements thanks

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:39 am
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      189 NZ stream is not an option, but there might be some other options for you. Give us a call to discuss.

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  • 09/09/2017 at 1:48 pm
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    What is the option for NZ citizen who have arrived in Australia now (for example arrived in 2017 which is after 20 February 2016 as mentioned above). How can they attain Australian Permanent Residency?

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:34 am
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      You must have arrived before a specific date to be eligible for 189 NZ stream. So this option is not for you, unfortunately.
      You may:
      1. Apply for 189 visa in the same way as the other nations.
      2. Fall in love with an Aussie girl or boy and apply for a partner visa
      3. Find an employer willing to help with getting an employer-sponsored PR visa.
      or just call us and we’ll have a look at your situation.

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  • 27/09/2017 at 6:22 pm
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    Hi there,

    My Husband and I are planning to move to Australia next year. We are NZ citizens. We are considering of obtaining permanent residency there. We are planning to look for an employer who will support our residency application. Do we need to find a job within the skilled category or could that be any job? What is the minimum income requirement? How long do we have to be employed for before we can apply for our permanent residency? Thank you.

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  • 27/09/2017 at 10:40 pm
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    Hi i came australia in 2008 but not eorking ss im full time carer for my daughter with epilepsy, autism and intelle the ual disability. My husbsnd works but his income b is less than the requiremnt. Am i eligible for aus pr if i be the main applicant and get the exemption for taxable income

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:58 am
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      I am afraid your daughter will not pass health criteria for a visa.

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  • 06/10/2017 at 12:17 am
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    I’m a NZ Citizen, have lived in Australia solidly since 2011. I meet the required income level since then. I have a drunk driving conviction in NZ from 2009, only one. Considering some info I read online about spent convictions, do I have to wait until 10 years have past since the conviction before applying for permanent residency?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:56 am
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      Department is asking you to disclose all the offenses, no matter if removed from official records or not. We can argue with a department and have your visa granted despite the offense. Book a consultation if you’d like to discuss: https://nowakmigration.com.au/booking/

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  • 06/10/2017 at 6:54 pm
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    Hi there, we just wondering if we are qualified to apply Australian permanent residency .My husband and I we are working in Australia for 5 years.He was earning more than 70,000 a year.Last year he had a stroke in Australia .This year we have to come here in New Zealand.Because we are having financial issues in Australia .But we still love to go back to Australia.Thanks

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    • 03/12/2017 at 8:06 am
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      You must be physically in Australia to apply for 189 NZ visa.

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  • 12/10/2017 at 11:08 am
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    I am a NZ citizen living in Australia since 2002 on Special Category Visa.
    While my application for PR in 189 NZ Stream being processed, can I go overseas and return back in Australia on SCV?

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  • 13/10/2017 at 8:31 am
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    For a kiwi who fits the necessary criteria but has a minor drink driving conviction, how many years must have passed until they can apply for residency in Australia?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 8:04 am
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      Department want you to declare all the offenses no matter if they’re removed from official records or not.

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  • 18/10/2017 at 6:46 pm
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    Hi am living in Melbourne since 2007. My income for past 4 Years
    1) 2013/2014 = $50,900
    2) 2014/2015 = $68,000
    3) 2015/2016 = $92,000
    4) 2016/2017 = $95,000
    5) 2017/2018 = Will be above $60,000.
    Am short of $3,000 in my First Year and am at the age of 51 Years by next year.
    Would I be eligible to appy for this Visa?
    How long time will it take for processing this Visa?
    Thanks.
    Srikanth Bathini

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:53 am
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      Apply after FY 17/18. Age does not matter for NZ stream of 189.

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  • 24/10/2017 at 12:17 pm
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    Hubby & I are both from NZ and arrived from NZ March 2001 (so just missed by a month) we have had two kids born in Aus (2011 & 2013) had to get them NZ citizenship to get passports. We qualify for the 189. Just not sure whether to include the kids on the family claim to apply for PR, as I have read that when they are 10 they get it??

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:51 am
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      If you want to save few dollars and take the risk they’ll be left with no Australian residence or citizenship if you’d have to leave the country for some reason before they’ll turn 10…

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  • 26/10/2017 at 9:23 am
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    I moved to Australia from nz September 2009, worked from 2009 up until 2016. Quit my job and have been travelling for just over a year. Can I still apply for PR? Or am I not allowed try to because I have been travelling for just over a year. I still have a property in Aus and will be back in a few months

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:47 am
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      You might not be able to fulfill “usually resident in Australia” criteria, but after few years you might still be eligible for this visa.

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  • 26/10/2017 at 5:36 pm
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    My husband and daughter are both NZ and I am from the UK. we arrived in Australia in Jan 2013 unfortunately due to family ill health we had to return to the uk in September 2017. Are we still able to apply for the new NZ pathway visa from outside Australia and is the 5 years resident in Australia a strict rule?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:43 am
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      5 years is a strict rule, you must be in Australia to apply for 189 NZ stream

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  • 27/10/2017 at 9:00 am
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    Hi,
    I moved to Australia from NZ in Sept 2009 and worked up until August 2016. I quit my job in 2016 and have been travelling every since and will only be back in Australia in June 2018.

    I still have a property in Aus and that is where my home is. As I have been away for over an year now , will I still be eligible under this stream.

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:42 am
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      You may become eligible after another few years.

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  • 06/11/2017 at 11:08 am
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    Primary visa applicant must have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before the date of visa application.
    what is the definition for this?
    I’ve worked in Australia for 6 years in the sugar industry as a seasonal worker and earn an excess of the minimum taxable requirements . During the off season I travel around the world for about 5 months a year.
    I consider australia my home and come back every year to work the season, would I qualify for the 189 visa?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:40 am
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      Definition of “usually resident” is quite vague, however, if it’s 3 months or less overseas that would qualify.

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  • 10/11/2017 at 8:03 am
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    Once you lodge the application for 189 visa, how long will it take to know that you’ve been granted a visa or been denied?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:36 am
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      From my experience, it could be about 4-5 months

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  • 12/11/2017 at 8:12 am
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    Been in Australia since 1986, have passport to prove etc, divorced and remarried in Australia etc etc etc. Am I eligible for Australian citizenship straight away.

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  • 16/11/2017 at 11:35 am
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    Hello
    I am a NZ Citizen. I arrived August 17th 2001.
    My defacto partner of 16 years is an Australian
    We have 2 Australian children (Passport holders) I am a Enrolled Nurse.
    I do not earn over $55,000 per year.
    As my defacto has always been the higher earner while I raise our kids and finish my studies. What visa would I be eligible for to then continue to Citizenship?
    Thank you Amber

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  • 17/11/2017 at 3:47 pm
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    Hi, I am a New Zealand Citizen with a PR status (on a disability support pension), I lived in Sydney from December 2001 to January 2009,, then off to New Zealand and back to Australia in November 2015. Can I apply now for Australian Citizenship or Not? Regards Azza Rezk

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:29 am
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      Main criteria for citizenship application – you’d have to live in Australia for last 4 years.

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  • 19/11/2017 at 7:43 pm
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    Hi my daughter is an Australian citizen (qualified on her 10th birthday) we tick all the boxes for visa189 subclass NZ but are unsure if we have 2 put her on our application or get health and police checks for her? We also have a 16 year old son who wasn’t born in Australia do we need to get q police check for him? Thanks for your help

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:27 am
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      Did you get your daughter’s citizenship sorted?
      If your son is over 16, the department may ask for his police check.

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  • 20/11/2017 at 12:40 pm
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    Hi my husband came on a 444 visa . He had a job offer in far North Queensland.
    I joined him in 31 march 2005. I worked in the disability sector. DHS. My son finished high school and Uni here now he’s 27 yrs . He came when he was 15 yrs. now my husband being in charge of Tafe Taught at RMIT. Campus manager,
    And last role compliance manager in education. Currently for the past 2 yrs he’s not held a steady job due to govt cut backs. Can he still apply for PR. he has the degrees and qualifications I just have Cert 4 in disability.
    Can you please advice

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    • 20/11/2017 at 12:44 pm
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      Can you please inform me if he is eligible . We made salary threshold I made mine . Just only 2 yrs he did not make his threshold. Can u pls let us know how we go about this

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      • 03/12/2017 at 7:21 am
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        need more information.

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:24 am
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      FEw questions – when your husband came first to Australia, how much did he earn over last couple of years, is there any employer willing to sponsor him for a visa. Please book an appointment so we can discuss: https://nowakmigration.com.au/booking/

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  • 21/11/2017 at 9:12 pm
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    Is there any way a retired NZ citizen now living in Australia since Dec 2016, can be eligible for permanent residency or citizenship?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:20 am
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      Parent visa if children would become PR’s or citizens come to mind.

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  • 25/11/2017 at 7:50 am
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    Hi I arrived in Australia in 1980 and lived here on and off for a period of 7 years..3 yrs being the longest.

    Would I be already be a permanent resident?

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:18 am
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      Very likely – yes

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  • 27/11/2017 at 10:12 am
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    Hi
    I’ve been living in Australia since 2007.
    No criminal convictions, no health problems.
    My total income for last 5 years = $55,000.00 PA Before Tax.
    Am I eligible to apply under new program?

    Thanks’

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:17 am
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      Looks ok, as long as 55k is a taxable income.

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  • 30/11/2017 at 9:04 pm
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    Hi there. What if my income threshold falls short by $900 for one year but the rest is well above the required amount? Would they let that through? Ive been living here since 2005.

    Thanks
    Diane

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    • 03/12/2017 at 7:15 am
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      It’s 4 of last 5 years, so if one year of five was short, shall be ok.

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  • 04/12/2017 at 5:20 pm
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    Hi there, if I was a sole trader on ABN can I apply for the 189 visa? Thanks.

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    • 05/12/2017 at 6:43 am
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      as long as your individual income was above threshold shall be fine

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  • 12/12/2017 at 9:46 pm
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    Hi Karol
    I am a NZ citizen recently moved to Australia. I am a qaulified Diesel Mechanic and have been able to get a job with truck dealership. Is there any options for me to apply for PR?

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    • 13/12/2017 at 7:59 am
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      Certainly. Tell them to sponsor you for a permanent visa or you’ll find another employer 😉 Give us a call and I’ll let you know what to do.

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  • 15/12/2017 at 1:48 pm
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    My daughter has subclass 186 visa for Australian PR.. When can she apply for citizenship ?
    My husband n I are both in mid to late 60s both working n physically fit. However salary falls bit short for applying under pathway visa. We are NZ citizens living here since 2008.how can we become Australian citizens as we want to make Australia our home.

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    • 15/12/2017 at 3:16 pm
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      Daughter – very likely after 4 years living in Australia altogether including 1 year as PR.
      Husband and you – ask an employer if they’ll sponsor you for 186 – quite straightforward for New Zealanders – I’m happy to assist.

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