If you are a New Zealand citizen who arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, you hold a New Zealand Special Category Visa (444). Although the 444 allows you to live and work indefinitely in Australia, it does not lead to Australian permanent residency.
In July 2018, the Department of Home Affairs introduced a permanent residency pathway for 444 visa holders living in Australia.
You can include your partner and children in this permanent residency visa application if your dependents are in Australia when you lodge the 189 visa, they hold a substantive visa or a Bridging Visa A, B or C.
Unlike other skilled visas, the visa application charge is split into halves with 20% paid at the time of application and the remaining 80% just prior to the grant of your visa.
Unlike most other Australian permanent residency visas, the New Zealand stream of the 189 visa has no upper age limit.
Exemptions are dealt with on a case-by-case basis, but reasons might include:
As a New Zealand citizen, you’re entitled to live and work in Australia indefinitely, so why apply for permanent residency? It’s a good question, but residency offers many benefits over the 444 visa, including:
The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) New Zealand stream offers New Zealand citizens, who meet the criteria, fast and affordable way of gaining PR status in Australia.
You may be eligible for this visa is the following applies to you: