A Streamlined Pathway to Permanent Residence for New Zealand Citizens

If you are a New Zealand Special Category visa holder who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, and on or before 19 February 2016, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

Information update: this Budget measure is subject to the tabling of regulation.

Description of the measure

From 1 July 2017, there will be an additional pathway to permanent residence for New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, and on or before 19 February 2016 have:

  • been residing in Australia for at least five years as the holder of a Special Category visa, and
  • earned at least the Australian Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold, currently $53,900 annually, on their income tax contribution throughout their qualifying residence period

The additional visa pathway will be available within the Skilled Independent category of the General Skilled Migration stream of Australia’s annual Migration Programme.

Questions and answers

Who is eligible for this measure

If you are a New Zealand Special Category visa holder who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, and on or before 19 February 2016, you may be eligible to apply for permanent residence.

Requirements for this visa pathway will include mandatory residence, contribution and community protection criteria.

The date this measure will start and finish

This measure will start on 1 July 2017 and is ongoing.

Page last updated: 12 September 2016

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