The Subclass 444 Special Category is a temporary visa, and it allows a New Zealand citizen to remain indefinitely in Australia to live, work or study. It is issued when you enter Australia.
The Subclass 444 is not a permanent visa and visa holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents.
Neither Australian permanent residents nor Subclass 444 holders are able to:
It is valid from the time of the grant up until the time of departure from Australia.
Holders of Special Category Subclass 444 Visas have unrestricted work rights in Australia and can work full time.
If you are convicted of a criminal offence or otherwise breach the Department’s character provisions, the Department of Home Affairs has the power to cancel your visa. Before the Department commences the process of cancellation, it will issue a ‘Notice of Intention to Consider Cancellation (NOICC)’ and request your responses/explanations to the notice.
Should you provide a reasonable explanation and persuade the Department NOT to cancel your visa subclass 444, you will be able to continue living and working in Australia. However, it’s important you understand that this is only a temporary visa and it ceases when you leave Australia.
If you’re a Kiwi currently living in Australia on a subclass 444 visa, you should be aware of potential issues that can arise if you are convicted of a criminal offence or have previous convictions that haven’t been declared before.
If you’ve entered Australia previously on a subclass 444 visa and you did not disclose criminal convictions from overseas (even if they are considered ‘spent’ convictions), you may run into problems if you have to leave Australia and try to re-enter, as the Department of Immigration now has the facilities to check your criminal history (including ‘spent’ convictions).
Should the Department of Home Affairs confirm that you do not meet the character criteria to enter Australia you may face the following scenario:
Family members, travelling together, who are New Zealand citizens are granted their own Subclass 444 as an individual applicant.
There are four potential ways for non-New Zealand citizen family members of New Zealand citizens to enter, or remain in, Australia:
You can use VEVO to check your visa details and conditions and to send proof of your visa conditions to others, for example, employers, landlords or the government of a country you would like to visit.
Learn how to use VEVO
Migration Agents are not able to advise your eligibility to receive Australian Benefits.
However, you may find useful the following links:
What you need to do to become an Australian citizen depends on when you arrived:
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