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New Pathway To Australian Permanent Residence For NZ Citizens

Good news for New Zealand Citizens from Our Registered Migration Agent in Melbourne!
According to the Department of Immigration, a new pathway to Australian Permanent Residency (PR) will be provided to New Zealand citizens who have lived and worked in Australia for at least 5 years from 1 July 2017.

I am a NZ citizen living in Melbourne; how can I apply for PR in Australia?

This special NZ stream will be available to all subclass 444 visa holders applying for a 189 visa. To meet this requirement:

  • Applicants will need to demonstrate their usual residency in Australia for continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before the date of the application. That continuous period of usual residence in Australia must have started on or before 19 February 2016
  • Evidence of residence such as ATO assessment/s needs to be submitted at time of making application
  • All family members included in the application must meet health and character requirements

What are the benefits of this pathway to Australian PR?

  • No requirement for English language testing, skills assessment, points test, or sponsorship by an employer
  • No age limit
  • Relatively moderate income level - and exemptions apply for people on parenting or carer leave
  • Health waiver for applicants and family members with health conditions
  • The bulk of the application fee is only payable once the requirements have been evaluated and the visa is about to be granted

For more information regarding permanent migration to Melbourne, contact us and stay informed:

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