When would a New Zealand Citizen apply for a Visa prior to coming to Australia?

As outlined in our article on New Zealanders and Permanent Australian residency, in general it is not necessary for New Zealand passport holders to apply for a visa prior to coming to Australia. On arrival, they will be granted a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444). There are two general exceptions to this; these are where the applicant would fail either …

Australian Permanent Residency and Citizenship Options for NZ Citizens

The Australian citizenship pathways available to New Zealand citizens depends on your date of arrival in Australia. Arrived in Australia before 26 February 2001 If you were in Australia on 26 February 2001 and the holder of a Special Category Visa (SCV), you may be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. If you happened to be out of Australia on 26 February, …

Help – I Omitted Important Information from my Visa Application! Will it be Refused?

The initial answer to this is: possibly. However, that’s actually not the biggest issue here. The Department views the provision of incorrect information (including the omission of relevant information) as a serious problem. Depending on the nature of the information, it might even consider the relevant applicant is intending to deceive the Department into granting a visa on false pretences. …

Eligible NZ Citizens and the Special Category Visa (444)

Historically, New Zealand citizens did not require visas to travel to Australia. This changed on 1 September 1994, when NZ citizens were granted Special Category visa upon arrival and became what was called ‘Eligible New Zealand Citizens’. Practically, this meant that NZ Citizens could access social security benefits as well as other entitlements such as sponsoring relatives for permanent residency …