New Zealand citizens can live and work in Australia so long as they remain New Zealand citizens. This circumstance often works well and for a long while, but it is not without its limitations. Essentially a New Zealand citizen that has arrived after the 26th of February 2001 is a temporary resident, and as a result of this status, some of these limitations can include:
This can be complicated further if you have a spouse or partner who is neither an Australian or New Zealand citizen.
New Zealand citizens often want to become Australian citizens and feel that they have limited or no options to progress to become an Australian citizen. To become an Australian citizen, one must first become a Permanent Resident and meet the residential requirements for citizenship. For many New Zealand citizens who may have lived in Australia for many years, they may be able to meet the residence requirement for citizenship 12 months after becoming a permanent resident – if permanent residence is acquired through the 189 New Zealand Stream. Over the recent years, many changes have been made or introduced, and in some cases, giving good concessions to New Zealand citizens to enable them to progress to become a permanent resident .
From July 2017 New Zealand citizens who have been living and working in Australia and have met some specific criteria may be able to apply for the 189 Skilled visa – New Zealand Stream. Some of the key criteria that is required for a successful outcome is as follows
The above is demonstrated by providing the Notice of Assessment from the tax office for each respective tax return.
Please contact us for an in-office consultation for a review of your eligibility and assistance in making an application.
There are other (existing) pathways to obtain permanent residence. These may be useful if you have not been in Australia for the previous 5 years, or you do not meet the income threshold. Some of these pathways and concessions include:
Some of these concessions extend to the New Zealand spouse or partner who may be in Australia on a 461 New Zealand relative visa.