Exciting news for New Zealand citizens (subclass 444) living in Australia!
The Australian government has announced a direct pathway to Australian citizenship for New Zealand citizens holding a Special Category visa (subclass 444) and arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001.
Starting from 1 July 2023:
- All New Zealand citizens holding an SCV will be considered permanent residents for citizenship purposes.
- Those granted an SCV before 1 July 2022 will have their period of permanent residency for citizenship purposes backdated to 1 July 2022.
- Those granted an SCV for the first time on or after 1 July 2022 will be considered a permanent resident for citizenship purposes from the date of their SCV grant.
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