To recognise this relationship an opportunity now exists for some
New Zealanders living and working in Australia to obtain permanent residency

In acknowledgment of our special bilateral relationship, the Australian Government will provide an additional pathway to permanent residence, and therefore citizenship, for New Zealand Special Category visa (SCV) holders who arrived after 26 February 2001, who have lived in Australia for the last five years and shown a commitment and contribution to Australia.

This additional visa pathway will be available from 1 July 2017, for New Zealand citizens who arrived post 26 February 2001, but on or before, the date of the announcement, 19 February 2016.

The pathway will be made available within the Skilled Independent category of the General Skilled Migration (GSM) stream of Australia’s annual Migration Programme.

This pathway will allow SCV holders who have been living in Australia for the past five years, and have earned income at or above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT) currently $53900.00 pa as evidenced by their Australian Taxation Office Notice of Assessment throughout their qualifying residence period, to apply for permanent residency and thereafter citizenship.

 Requirements for this visa pathway will include mandatory residence, contribution and community protection criteria.

This includes:

  • have been resident in Australia for the five years immediately prior to visa application
  • contributed to Australia, demonstrated through income tax returns (Notice of Assessment) for the period of residence evidencing taxable income at or above the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold
  • mandatory health, character, and security checks.


If an applicant meets all relevant criteria and can demonstrate they were resident on the date of announcement, they will be eligible.

We have a number of clients who believe they will be ready to lodge their applications by 1 July 2017, and have a special price for all these applications. Don’t delay contact us TODAY and make an appointment with one of our agents on 08 9221 4999 or 08 93471301 to ensure you will be eligible.

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