“So who needs an Australian Visa?”

As a New Zealander you have a unique opportunity if you’re considering moving to Australia. These two countries have established a more than friendly exchange program which allows their citizenry to freely move between the countries. Here at Moving to Australia we have tried to answer your most pressing questions regarding Australian visas and applying for an Australian Visa. For more information on Australian Visa's please visit the Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Citizenship website (http://www.immi.gov.au). Australian Visa Application.

Visas are legal documents issued by one country that allow those from another country to reside in the issuing country. In the case of Australian visas you can go all the way back as the 1920”s to discover that there has been a special relationship between the citizens of New Zealand and Australia. It was then that people were able to freely move between New Zealand and Australia.

Then in 1973 the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement was entered into. This allowed Australian and New Zealand citizens to enter each other's country to visit, live and work, without the need to apply for authority to enter the other country.

What is interesting about this movement is that moving between the two countries is dependent upon the current state of jobs and the economy in each country. It is common to find an increase in the number of New Zealanders migrating to Australia when the New Zealand economy is more troubled than the Australian economy.

Professional Immigration Services

Specialist immigration companies save you time, money and stress when applying for a visa. They are able to offer you professional advice and assistence when applying for any of the below visa's or even deciding what visa is right for you, if any.

  • Permanent Residence
  • Tempory Work Visa
  • Partner Visa
  • Citizenship
  • And help you find the visa that is right for you! 

You can find an immigration specailist on the Australian Government website, Migration Agents Registration Authority (https://www.mara.gov.au/). Search Auckland for advisers specialising in Australia.

Australian Visa requirements

Of particular importance to any New Zealander considering a move to Australia are the amendments made by to the Migration Act 195. These changes were made in 1994 and resulted in a number of changes to migration legislation.

The big change was the legal requirement that all non-citizens lawfully in Australia must have a visa.

Upon entering Australia you present your New Zealand passport for immigration clearance. Once done you are considered to have applied for a visa and, subject to health or character considerations, will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically.

Their New Zealand passports are stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show they are holders of an SCV.

Is it necessary to apply for a permanent residence visa?

As a New Zealander holding and SCV it is not necessary to apply for or be granted permanent residence in Australia. The SCV allows a New Zealand citizen to remain and work in Australia lawfully as long as that person remains a New Zealand citizen.

You also need to be aware of some additional rules. In particular you, as a New Zealand citizen, must apply for, and be granted Australian permanent residency if you wish to access certain social security benefits, e.g. the pension, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.

Generally speaking the visa requirements you need to meet are very easily obtained. But to be certain Moving to Australia recommends that you consult with one of our immigration experts.

Please feel free to ask us any questions you might have regarding living in Australia and Australian Visas using the below comments form.

Further Information and Help

There are a lot of ways to get Australian Visa and Citizenship information and help on the internet. A few of the links are below:

If you have any further questions or comments, please post them at the bottom of the page and we will get back to you asap with an answer.

Comments (46)Add Comment
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ANSWER: Business
written by MTA Team, 27 August 2014
Hi Isabelle,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Sorry but I am not 100% on this and cannot find a definitive answer on the web. However, I don't think kiwi's can.

I recommend calling the Australian High Commission New Zealand (04) 473 6411, as they will be able to give you an answered or point you in the right direction.

Good luck.
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Business
written by Isabelle, 26 August 2014
Hi,
Can you buy a business if you are NZ citizen?
Regard
Isabelle
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ANSWER: Student moving to aussie
written by MTA Team, 11 February 2014
Hi Se,

Thank you for your comment.

You will not be able to get a student loan or government assistance with an SCV. You would need to apply for PR (Permanent Residency). I recommend going through the Citizenship Wizard (http://www.citizenship.gov.au/citizenshipwizard/) and if you want/need further help fill in the Endeavour Immigration form on the right of the below page. They will be able to help you apply for PR, saving you time and stress:
http://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/australian-visa/australian-visa-application

Regarding NZ qualifications crossing over to Australia, I recommend reading the below information on the New Zealand Qualifications Authority website on entrance into Australian Universities:
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/qualifications-standards/awards/university-entrance/entrance-to-australian-universities/.

Good luck with your move and please do post another comment on movingtoaustralia.co.nz if you find anything other visitors would be interested in knowing.

Thanks
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Student moving to aussie
written by Se, 11 February 2014
Hi

Im a NZ citizen and looking to move to Australia, im planning to move there by myself and apply for university, if i only have an SCV does that mean i cant get a student loan, be elligable for government support allowances ect? Also, what visas would i have to have to apply for australian citizenship?

Im also planning to get a a part time job and was wondering if qualifications i get in NZ such as NCEA/NZQA , would they still be valid once i move to Australia?

Also im going to be living with one of my friends , and she is a an australian resident, would that make any difference?. Sorry for the load of questions !

Thanks. x
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ANSWER: One way ticket
written by MTA Team, 17 December 2013
Good morning,

Thank you for your comment.

Unless she has a criminal record she will not be disallowed to enter Australia. They are still granting New Zealand citizens with a SCV Visa automatically when they enter Australia.

I would recommend that she sets up a bank account before she goes, as when you try from Australia the banks want a lot more paper work, which she will not have for a few months.

She can setup a bank account with Commonwealth Bank by following the below link:
https://www1.commbank.com.au/eforms/MovingToAustralia/?id=85

Thanks
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One way ticket
written by Jacqueline, 17 December 2013
My daughter, who is a new Zealand citizen, is travelling to Brisbane on a one way ticket. She has no job to go to, very little money and no plan as to when she will return to new Zealand. Her plan is to find work when she gets there. Is there a chance she will be prevented from entering Australia?

Jacques
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ANSWER: Visa?
written by MTA Team, 12 November 2013
Hi Shanna,

Thank you for your comment.

In his situation I would definitely recommend getting help from Allister an immigration specialist so that he is able to move to Australia.

Please email the answers to the below questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating that you have been referred by MovingtoAustralia.co.nz:
- Name
- Current Visa status
- Address
- Phone
- Email
- Highest Qualification
- Occupation
- Number of years experience
- Any family in Australia or New Zealand

Endeavour Immigration provides professional immigration advice and assistance for Visa applications to Australia. Whether it is for permanent residence, a temporary work visa or partners of New Zealand Citizens. Immigration Adviser Allister Simpson has provided the professional assistance that can make it happen since 2005 and has an in depth knowledge of the strict requirements for skills assessments, state nomination and Australian Immigration policy.

Allister will be able to advise what you will need to do from here.

Good luck.
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Visa?
written by Shanna, 08 November 2013
Hi there, Im asking on behalf of my Brother. He's a New Zealand Citizen and wanting to move to Australia. He has a criminal record though. He has been in jail twice but only 6 months, and the last time he was in jail was 8 years ago. I looked up how he can go by moving over, He has to full in a CONSENT OF DISCLOSURE form and send it to DIBP- Immigration. And they respond back to him telling him whether of not he needs to apply for a Visa? My question is can he be denied from DIBP-Immigration just from the consent of disclosure? Saying he cant apply for a visa? And if so what could he do for them to let him apply for a visa to let him move to australia? Please help, Thanks alot for your time smilies/smiley.gif
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ANSWER: Moving to Aussie
written by MTA Team, 09 September 2013
Hi Jude,

Thank you for your comment.

I recommend that you get the advice of a immigration specialist.

Please fill in the attached form and email it either back to me or straight to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it '> This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it stating that you have been referred by MovingtoAustralia.co.nz.

Endeavour Immigration provides professional immigration advice and assistance for Visa applications to Australia. Whether it is for permanent residence, a temporary work visa or partners of New Zealand Citizens. Immigration Adviser Allister Simpson has provided the professional assistance that can make it happen since 2005 and has an in depth knowledge of the strict requirements for skills assessments, state nomination and Australian Immigration policy.

Allister will be able to advise what you will need to do from here.

Good luck with your move.
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Moving to Aussie
written by Jude, 09 September 2013
Hi, Im moving to aussie in Mid Oct. Do i need to apply for a working visa? I have a NZ passport and my intentions are to move to gain work in australia.
I have a Australian bank account and have housing sorted, the only grey area in my move is the visa, as i have been told that i need a visa and i do not need a visa.

can you please clarify the facts of my move to australia as to the visa prior to my move.

Thank you smilies/smiley.gif
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ANSWER: please help
written by MTA Team, 14 June 2013
Hi Cameron,

Thanks for your enquiry.

There has been a lot of talk of late regarding the automatic SCV changing for New Zealanders moving to Australia, but as yet nothing has changed.

Therefore you are still free to move and work in Australia under the electronic SCV that is given to you on entry into Australia.

Please continue to check back on the site, as if anything does change I will add it to the site. I am continuously checking New Zealand and Australian embassy, immigration and news websites.

Good luck with your move.
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Please help
written by Cameron, 13 June 2013
Hi there, I am planning to go to Melbourne early August. I have been told by some people that I need a working visa and others have said I do not need one. I am a NZ citizen and will be working in Melbourne full time in the hospitallity industry. Unsure of how long i will be there for but due to the date coming up very shortly I am needing some proper answers. Please help
Cheers
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ANSWER: Protected SCV enquiry
written by MTA Team, 13 June 2013
Hi David,

Thank you for your enquiry. However, it is way out of my scope.

You will need to contact either the Australian Government - Department of Immigration and Citizenship (http://www.immi.gov.au) or an immigration specialist. I recommend Endeavour Immigration (http://endeavourimmigration.co.nz/).

Good luck.
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Protected SCV enquiry
written by David , 13 June 2013
Hello,
I arrived in Australia on 8 Dec 2000 so before the 26 February 2001 change. I left in 2005 to travel overseas for 3 years. I have now since returned to Australia. Am I classed as holding a Protected SCV or just a SCV? Having arrived before 26 Feb 2001 some websites say I am protected but they don't give anymore information. Does the fact that I left Australia after 5 years cause any issue?
Also is there a way to get written proof? I can't find the passport I entered Australia on in December 2000. Is this a problem or would it show up electronically that I entered on that date?
I would appreciate your advice.
Kind regards
David
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ANSWER: important enquiry
written by MTA Team, 05 June 2013
Hi Sunny,

Thanks for your enquiry.

Firstly, have you completed the Australia Visa Wizard (http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/). The Visa Wizard can help you find the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances.

Otherwise you will need to contact an immigration specialist. I recommend Endeavour Immigration (http://endeavourimmigration.co.nz/). They are based in Auckland and specialise in Australian permanent residency, state sponsored visas, employer nomination, temporary work visas and family visas.

Endeavour Immigration will be able to help you find the correct visa for you, visa fees and durations. Also let you know when the best time for you to apply is, e.g. after your married.

Good luck.
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important enquiry
written by sunny, 04 June 2013
Hi,
My girlfriend is Nz citizen and we are getting married on 14 june 2013 in Auckland and I am neither Australian nor Nz Resident, we both would like to move to Australia for better prospects in life. She is about to leave by 15 august 2013 to go to perth and find jobs there. I would like to know would I be eligible to get visa, As of now I am more concerned of living with her in Australia, If I am eligible then wats the visa fee & duration and shall I apply after getting married?? Where should I go and find out more in Auckland? Any help would be highly appreciated.
Regards
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ANSWER: Moving to Australia
written by MTA Team, 15 May 2013
Hi Charmaine,

Thank you for your enquiry.

I have still not been able to find any proof that changes are going to be made to New Zealanders automatic SCV's. I will post any news on the site if and when anything is made official. Therefore you do not need to apply for any visa's if you are a New Zealand citizen.

For information on Medicare and how to apply, please read our page health information page: http://www.movingtoaustralia.c...alth.html.

Good luck with your move.
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Moving to Australia
written by Charmaine , 15 May 2013
Hi there, me an my partner an 3 year old son are looking at moving over to australa to live an I'm unsure of the changes that have come up with New Zealanders moving to Australia, was wondering what we have to apply for when moving over eg visas (which one do we have to apply for) Medicare cards ( do we have to apply for those to)? What are Medicare cards?
Thank you very much
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ANSWER: Are working Visa's required from 1st Jul 2013?
written by MTA Team, 15 May 2013
Hi Stella,

Thank you for your enquiry.

I have still not been able to find any proof that changes are going to be made to New Zealanders automatic SCV's.

I will post any news on the site if and when anything is made official.

Thanks
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Are working Visa's required from 1st Jul 2013?
written by Lin, 15 May 2013
Hi there

My mum and brother are looking to make the move over to work and live in Australia. Theyr'e both NZ Citizens but we've heard that there will be a law change whereby if you arrive after the 1st of July 2013 you will no longer be able to work automaitcally but must first apply for an Australian working visa.

Can you please confirm if this is correct or are they still fine to move over and get an SCV that still allows them to work there as NZ Citizens?

Stella
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ANSWER: Australian Visa
written by MTA Team, 10 April 2013
Hi Simione,

Thank your for your comment.

You are fine to enter and exit Australia as you please, as every time you enter Australia you are granted a SCV Visa when your passport is stamped.

Enjoy your trip to NZ.
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Australian Visa
written by Simione, 10 April 2013
Hi, I've been here for 4 years working here in Australia was born in new Zealand

Just wanting to know do I need to have a visa to be in Australia and yet still work, because I plan to go back to nz to visit family for three days and I wanted to know would I get stuck back home because of a visa or am I ok??
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employment restrictions on a scv for certain jobs.
written by Rebecca , 12 February 2013
Hi,

I have recently moved to Australia and have a scv visa. The problem I have found is all of the previous work experience I have was either in government departments or Airline and they state permanent residency on all adverts advertised. Which in fact means the scv doesn't appear to give you equal right to work in Australia. Could you please advise which steps are required to obtain my permanent residency and the cost involved to do so.

Thank you.
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ANSWER: under what category can scv be converted into permanent residency?
written by MTA Team, 12 February 2013
Hi Kay,

You are able to apply for permanent residency, your SCV does not get converted.

As a New Zealand citizen I believe you do not get any special considerations, you just have to apply along with everyone else.

Therefore I highly recommend that you contact an Australian Immigration Consultant, as they will be able to advise you of your options and the process better than I can. Their fees are normally very reasonable, especially for the amount of time and stress they save you.

At the moment we are not working with a particular Australian Immigration Consultant, but below are a few I found in Google (searched 'Australian Immigration Consultants'). I recommend getting quotes from a few companies before deciding who will represent you the best for what price:

- http://www.synch1.com/
- http://www.australianmigrationconsultants.com.au
- http://www.migrationexpert.com.au
- http://www.nationalvisas.com.au

Good luck and please let me know if you have any feedback regarding the above, so I can help other people having similar problems to you.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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ANSWER: employment restrictions on a scv for certain jobs
written by MTA Team, 12 February 2013
Hi Rebecca,

As a New Zealand citizen your eligibility for Australian citizenship depends on whether you arrived in Australia before or after 26 February 2001.

On arrival in Australia, most New Zealanders are automatically granted a Special Category Visa (SCV). This visa allows the holder to remain and work in Australian indefinitely. Up to 26 February 2001 the holders of SCVs were eligible to apply for citizenship.

On 26 February 2001, the Australian Government announced that New Zealand citizens are required to apply for and be granted permanent residence in Australia if they wish to access certain social security payments, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.

Having permanent residence means you have a current visa that permits you to live in Australia indefinitely. There are many different type of visas that provide permanent residency for citizenship purposes. You can use the Visa Wizard to find a visa of this type. On the same website will be able to find fees for applying for permanent residence.

However, I do recommend that you contact an Australian Immigration Consultant, as they will be able to discuss your options and the process better than I can. Their fees are normally very reasonable, especially for the amount of time and stress they save you.

Good luck and please let me know if you have any feedback regarding the above.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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under what category can scv be converted into permanent residency?
written by kay , 01 February 2013
hi,
its kay here.Im a nz citizen living and working in Australia.Could you please inform that under what kind of category[e.g skilled migrant worker]can we convert SCV into permanent residency?How long does it take and are we eligible or not?i read on the immigration website that they are not accepting anymore applications under the skilled worker.Skillselect is just like putting forward EOI,i.e expression of interest.Will that work?
Any Migration agents who can locally help us get us on track?

thank you for going through this queuery.

Regards
Kay
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ANSWER: Is there a change to visas?
written by MTA Team, 15 January 2013
Hi Paula,

Thank you for your comment.

There have always been rumours regarding Australia changing the SCV laws/requirements. However, to date nothing has been changed.

All the information on the internet, including Australia Government websites and newspapers, is stating that Australia still need/want New Zealand's immigration and nothing is going to change at this stage.

If you are right, unfortunately I will not be able to confirm until it is made public.

Lets hope the information is only a rumour as it has been in the past.

Please let me know if you find out any further information regarding the above.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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Is there a change to visas?
written by Paula, 06 January 2013

Hi

My friend has just sent me this. Is any part of this true?

Ok, so the guy I'm sitting next to on my flight back to AU this evening tells me that the AU Govt will be imposing a new law concerning Kiwi's migrating to AU from March 2013. So if you're like me, live and work in AU but don't have permanent residency and are not a citizen, if you decide to leave AU for a holiday or a weekend back home, you will not be automatically granted entry back into AU unless you have a returning visa and you will no longer be eligible to work in AU unless you apply for and are granted a work permit. Even though you have a job etc. etc.

If I choose not to travel and continue to stay in AU, I don't need to apply for either. Apparently this is the out come of a meeting Julia Gillard had with John Keys about stopping the high number of kiwis immigrating to AU every year, so Jk suggested AU bring back the visa policy and control numbers migrating.

You can get around this is applying for permanent residency or citizenship.

I'm not sure how much of this information is factual, but I have been told that this info has come from someone who works high up in immigration. Apparently everything is in place and will go live March of this year. Neither Govt's are communicating this policy to prevent a mass exodus from NZ prior to March.

I hope I am wrong in this instance, but thought I'd pass this on anyway just in case!

I live in Australia, but am not a resident, nor was I living here prior to 2001. Am i still going to be able to freely move between the two countries - to go home for holidays?

I look forward to your response

Cheers
Paula
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ANSWER: Parental Permission
written by MTA Team, 03 January 2013
Hi Darian,

Thank you for your comment.

I'm sorry but I can not find a legal minimum age for moving to Australia without your parents or a guardian.

However, you are able to fill out the 'find a visa' online form to see if Australia will grant you a SCV Visa or not (http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/). If they will, then you can legally work and live in Australia.

It is a big move to make and I recommend you weigh up your options seriously before deciding to move country. If you have not lived alone before, you should reconsider moving and just move out of home, as living alone is expensive and firstly you need to be able to support yourself.

One thing you should definitely do is contact a few recruitment companies to see what type of work you are most likely to get and how long it will take approximately to get placed, as you will need to budget for the period where you will need to pay living expenses before you find a job.

You will also find a lot of helpful information regarding moving to Australia on our site, so have a good look around.

Thanks,
MTA Team
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parental permission
written by darian, 02 January 2013
How old do u have to be to move from nz to aus without parental permission ? Im 16 and wana get out of nz and away from my old life asap
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ANSWER: Changes to visa
written by MTA Team, 16 October 2012
Hi,

Thank you for your comment.

I have done some research in SCV Visa's for New Zealanders moving over to Australia and there have been no changes according to the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website.

The Special Category visa (SCV) is a temporary visa electronically granted to New Zealand citizens who arrive in Australia on a New Zealand passport that is in force and who do not hold a visa.

You must:
- be a New Zealand citizen
- meet health and character requirements
- not have been deported, excluded or removed from any country.

Note: If you do not meet these requirements, you may not be eligible for a SCV, and you may be refused entry to Australia. Please approach the nearest Australian immigration office or visit www.immi.gov.au for further information regarding entry requirements for New Zealanders before travelling to Australia.

The SCV allows New Zealand citizens to lawfully live and work in Australia indefinitely. The SCV is a temporary visa and, except for certain holders resident in Australia on or before 26 February 2001, does not provide a direct pathway to citizenship. If you wish to become a permanent resident to qualify for Australian citizenship see below 'Pathways to permanent residence'.

You friend must have had some additional circumstances that stopped him from being granted a SCV.

Please email me back if you require further information.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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Changes to visa
written by J, 14 October 2012
Hello, were there changes made from 1st oct about new zealanders moving to and working in australia? We were told by a friend who's just moved here from nz that he because he had a one way ticket he had to buy a return ticket within 48 hours, he wants to live and work here, he then called a lawyer and was told kiwis need to apply for a visa costing 1800 dollars for 3 months, that you need to have a job before you move to australia and once the 3 months is over you hve to go back to nz and reapply to come back, is this true?
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ASNWER: Returning to Australia
written by MTA Team, 25 September 2012
Hi John,

Thank you for your comment on www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz.

You are definitely allowed to live back in Australia if you are an NZ citizen. However, you will might need proof either when you are going through airport immigration or when applying for Medicare etc once in Australia.

I recommend for starters you complete the Visa Wizard on the Australian Immigration website: http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/, or you can call the Australian Visa Application Centre in NZ on (09) 366 0274.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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ANSWER: converting SCV to permanent residency
written by MTA Team, 25 September 2012
Hi Jan,

Thank you for your comment on www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz.

The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements.

Generally, to apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:

- Determine that you are eligible
- Gather your original documents
- Copy and certify your documents
- Complete and lodge your application.

To start with, I recommend your daughter completing the Citizenship Wizard on the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Citizenship website: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/citizenshipwizard/. This will give you information about what to do and how to apply for Australian Citizenship.

Also, New Zealand citizens aged 16 and over applying for Australian citizenship should check the information on penal clearance certificates available from the department’s website: http://www.immi.gov.au/allform...uirements/.

Regarding you applying for permanent residency, you do not need to to live in Australia for as long as you like. However, if you do want to, you are right, you will find it difficult as many permanent visas have an age cut-off. There are a few options though, but I recommend speaking to a migration agent. You can call the Australian Immigration Department on 131 880.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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Returning to Australia
written by John , 24 September 2012
I lived in Australia from 1980 to 1998 before moving to NZ and have permanent residency here. I am on a British passport. My son who was born in Australia wants to return to Australia to be nearer to his mother who lives in Mackay. She is Australian but we are no longer married.
Can I return to live in Australia?
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converting SCV to permanent residency
written by Jan, 24 September 2012
Hi My daughter and I moved to melbourne in Jan 2011. We love it here and have no intention of moving back to NZ. I am now 50, work as a nurse and I understand that as I am over 45 I am not eligible to apply for PR. My daughter has just turned 18 and wants to attend Uni here etc and live here always. She very much wants to become an Aussie. What are our options?
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ANSWER: Need Help
written by MTA Team, 22 September 2012
Hi Anita,

Thank you for your comment.

Please follow the below link to find out which Visa to apply for. You will need to answer the questions in the Visa Wisard on the Australian Government website to find out the Australian visa most likely to meet your specific circumstances:
http://www.immi.gov.au/visawizard/

The Visa Wizard includes the most common Australian visas, but does not include every visa. The Australian Government website contains more visa information or you can contact them for assistance.

Good luck and please post back how you get on, as it will help others in your situation.

Kind Regards,
MTA Team
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Need help
written by Anita , 22 September 2012
Hi there me and my partner with three kids want to move to my brother in Brisbane, we have been deny SCV because of my partners criminal history they wouldn't tell us what visa to apply for. We just want to know what visa we can apply for so that we can find out if where aloud to live there or not
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ANSWER: SCV and children allowances
written by MTA Team, 18 September 2012
Good morning Sanjeev,

Thank you for your comment on Moving to Australia.co.nz.

You will not need to apply for a Visa if you are an NZ citizen. Upon entering Australia you present your New Zealand passport for immigration clearance. Once done you are considered to have applied for a visa and, subject to health or character considerations, will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically.

Your New Zealand passport will be stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show you hold an SCV.

Regarding allowances for children, you will find a list of family payments and allowances on the below link on the Australian Government website:
http://australia.gov.au/topics/benefits-payments-and-services/family-payments-and-services/family-payments-and-allowances

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.

Thanks,
MTA Team
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ANSWER: Moving to Australia
written by MTA Team, 18 September 2012
Good morning Brenna,

Thank you for your comment on Moving to Australia.co.nz.

You will not need to apply for a Visa if you are an NZ citizen. Upon entering Australia you present your New Zealand passport for immigration clearance. Once done you are considered to have applied for a visa and, subject to health or character considerations, will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically.

Your New Zealand passport will be stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show you hold an SCV.

Please let me know if there is anything else I can help you with.
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Moving to Australia
written by Brenna Marra, 18 September 2012
Hi there, I'm 18 and looking at moving to Brisbane early January. Will I need a Visa of any sort to live and work there? I've looked at the website but different parts seem to give different answers. Thank you smilies/smiley.gif
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SCV and children allowances
written by Sanjeev, 16 September 2012
How do we get SCV visas and also are we eligible as NZ citizens to get allowances for children...?
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ANSWER: Visa
written by MTA Team, 04 July 2012
Hi Debbie,

Thank you for your enquiry.

Your son and grandson will be issued with a Special Category Visa (SCV) when they arrive in Australia. However, I believe your daughter might need to apply for a Visa. I cannot find an easy answer, as there are a lot of circumstances that change what type of Visa she will need.

I recommend you or her visiting the Australian Government, Department of Immigration and Citizenship website, as you will be able to find the answer on there: http://www.immi.gov.au/.

Regarding the NZ driving license, New Zealanders can generally use their New Zealand drivers licence in Australia for the first three months after they arrive, provided it has not expired or been suspended. After three months New Zealanders normally have to apply for a drivers licence from the authorities in the State or Territory where they live.

Please let me know if I can help in any other way.

Best Regards,
MTA Team
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ANSWER: Moving to Australia
written by MTA Team, 04 July 2012
Good morning Latai,

Thank you for your enquiry. That is very exciting for you.

You will be pleased to know that you do not need to apply for anything. Upon entering Australia you will automatically receive a Special Category Visa (SCV). The SCV is recorded electronically. Your New Zealand passport will get stamped, showing the date of arrival in Australia. This is the only evidence provided or necessary to show you are a holder of an SCV.

However, I do recommend you sorting out the below before you leave:

Ship your stuff: if you have furniture, etc, that you want shipped you will need to arrange this asap, as it takes 5-6 weeks. Please contact www.ausmove.co.nz for a free moving quote. They are very competitively priced and their service is fantastic.

Apply for a bank account: I recommend Commonwealth, as their service is also of the highest standard. It is a lot easier to apply for a bank account before you go, as they do not need all the extra info you would need if you applied from Australia. You can apply for a bank account by following this link: http://www.movingtoaustralia.c...nk-Account (scroll down)

Currency Exchange: if you are looking at taking any money with you, I recommend using Velocity Trade to convert it, as it is a lot cheaper than using your bank. For more info read http://www.movingtoaustralia.c...-Australia

Housing in Australia: the Australian rental market is very competitive, especially in the main cities. Most Australian rentals will require you to submit a tenancy application, accompanied with the following documents, so it is best to have all the information ready to go: your last 3 months bank statements, a written reference from your previous landlord, your previous landlord's contact information and proof that your last bond was repaid in full (or an explanation as to why it wasn't).

Please let me know if I can help in any other way.

Good luck with your move and new job.

Best Regards,
MTA Team
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Moving to Australia
written by Latai Matalave, 03 July 2012
Hi there,

I have just been offered a job in Wollongong NSW and am considering to move in 5 weeks time. This is all completely new for myself so I really need the help!

I am a NZ citizen and have a NZ passport. Do I need to apply for any visas such as a work visa? and do i need to apply for a Australian permanant residence?
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Visa
written by Debbie, 03 July 2012
Hi
My daughter, son-in-law and grandson are wanting to move to Australia from NZ. My son-in-law and grandson have NZ passports and my daughter has a British Passport and NZ Citizenship. Do they need visas to live and work in Australia? Also, can they transfer their NZ driving licences to Australia, or do they need to take new tests?
Thanks

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