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Exciting news for New Zealand citizens living in Australia! (Subclass 444 Update)


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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