Below are a list of frequently asked questions we get regularly. If there is something you want to know please use the comment form at the bottom of the page.
Yes! New Zealand citizens are allowed to remain indefinitely in Australia to live, work or study, as long as they remain NZ citizens, subject to health or character considerations. NZ citizens get granted a SCV (Special Category Visa) when they enter Australia.
As a SCV is not a permanent visa, visa holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens or Australian permanent residents. Read here about SCV Visa Exclusions (https://www.movingtoaustralia.co.nz/visas/scv-visa-exclusions).
Unfortunately New Zealand permanent residency does not entitle you to a SCV (Special Category Visa), which NZ citizens automatically get granted when they enter Australia. If you are a New Zealand permanent resident you will need to apply for a visa to be able to live and work in Australia.
Yes New Zealanders with permanent residency need a visa to work, study and live in Australia. Most New Zealand citizens can visit, live and work in Australia without applying for a tourist or work visa.
Permanent residents in NZ need to apply for a visa. Use the visa wizard below to find out what visa you should apply for:
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.
Australian Visa Application forms: http://www.immi.gov.au/allforms/application-forms/
Yes New Zealand citizens can study in Australia at an Australian tertiary institution. New Zealanders are also eligible to pay domestic fee instead of international fees.
However, most New Zealand citizens will not be eligible for any kind of student loan to pay university fees, or be eligible for a student allowance to pay for living costs. You will need to get Australian citizenship to get a student loan.
You can use the Citizenship Wizard on the Australian Government website. It will give you information about what to do and how to apply for Australian citizenship:
Australia Citizenship Wizard: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Citi/Appl/Citizenship-wizard
That depends… Under the SCV (Special Category Visa) New Zealanders are allowed to work and live in Australia indefinitely. They can live, work, study, purchase property and enjoy beautiful Australia.
However, there is no pathway to citizenship under the SCV – regardless of how long Kiwi expats live in Australia or how much they earn. They would need to apply for citizenship like the rest of the world.
Flip yeah! Australian citizens are able to live, work or study in New Zealand.
Australian citizens do not need a work visa to work in New Zealand. This is also the case if you are the holder of a current Australian permanent residence visa including a current Australian resident return visa.
To be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship you must be living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years and have not been absent from Australia for more than 1 year total, or been living in Australia for 12 months as a permanent resident.
If you are a New Zealander you must have some Australian blood/annestry to apply directly for citizenship. Otherwise you are required to get a Australian permanent visa. This will allow you to access certain social security payments, obtain Australian citizenship or sponsor their family members for permanent residence.
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