The Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) NZ Stream allows New Zealand citizens with a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa live and work in Australia permanently.
Not all New Zealanders are eligible to apply for Permanent Residency, including students, retirees, carers of children and some people unable to work due to an injury.
In order to qualify for a Subclass 189 visa, you would need to:
It can take 14 to 15 months to receive your permanent residency.
The visa costs AUD3,755 for the main applicant.
There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the visa with you.
The visa application charges are paid in two instalments. The first instalment is 20% of the total visa application charge payable at time of lodgement. The second instalment is the remaining 80% of the visa application charge. These charges must be paid before we grant you your visa.
You must apply onshore and you can include dependent family members such as spouse/partner and dependent children.
Once your 189 visa application is allocated to a case officer, they may undertake id checks and assess your claimed information such as employment, character and health before making a decision on your visa application.
Please be aware that a case officer may refuse your visa application without requesting further information or documents. Therefore, it is crucial you provide all relevant documents at the time of lodgement of your application.
Once you receive your Permanent Residency through the 189 Visa, you are entitled to:
After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship.
If you are among those who had criminal convictions or charges, we recommend you to read our article ‘ How can criminal convictions affect your Australian visa application?’ before you apply for your Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) NZ Stream.
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