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June 8, 2023

From Kiwi to Aussie: The Fast Track to Australian Citizenship

The Government recently announced the New Zealand stream of the Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa is set to permanently close to new applications, effective from 1 July 2023. This closure marks a shift in support of a new direct pathway to Australian citizenship for New Zealand citizens. While the New Zealand stream will no longer accept new applications, the Department of Home Affairs will continue processing existing applications.

Starting from 1 July 2023, eligible New Zealand citizens residing in Australia will have direct access to apply for Australian citizenship, eliminating the need for obtaining a permanent residence visa first. This streamlined approach aims to simplify the process and provide a more direct route to Australian citizenship for New Zealanders.

For those with pending applications under the New Zealand stream, it may be prudent to consider withdrawing their application if their family members hold a Special Category visa (subclass 444). By waiting until 1 July 2023, they can take advantage of the new direct pathway to Australian citizenship for New Zealand citizens.

An important aspect to note is that the application fee for Australian citizenship is lower compared to the second Visa Application Charge required for the New Zealand stream visa. Applicants should carefully assess their individual circumstances, weigh the benefits of permanent residence, and take into account the processing timeframes for citizenship applications. During the processing period, applicants will remain temporary residents in Australia.

New Zealand citizens who successfully obtain Australian citizenship through the new direct pathway can visit the Department’s website to explore visa options available for sponsoring their family members. Among the relevant visa options to consider for family members wishing to stay in Australia are Partner and Child visas.

The closure of the New Zealand stream of the Skilled Independent visa represents a pivotal change in the immigration landscape, offering an expedited route to Australian citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens. As this new pathway comes into effect, it is important for individuals to stay informed and evaluate their options based on their unique circumstances.

For more information and expert guidance on navigating the immigration process, contact Alex Halim & Associates, a group of professionals in accounting, IT services, and immigration services today!

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