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Permanent Residency for New Zealander in Australia

Requirements | Processing Time | Cost | FAQ | Duration | Citizenship | Criminal Convictions

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:

Permanent Residency processing time for New Zealander in Australia

It can take 14 to 15 months to receive your permanent residency.

Government Fees

The visa costs AUD 4,115 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 the 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.

Do I Apply in Australia or Overseas? Can I include Family Members on my visa application?

You must apply onshore and you can include dependent family members such as spouse/partner and dependent children.

What happens after I submit my 189 Visa application?

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.

Duration and Conditions

Once you receive your Permanent Residency through the 189 Visa, you are entitled to:

Becoming an Australian Citizen

After a certain time, you might be eligible for Australian citizenship.

Criminal Convictions or charges

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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