Skip to content

AR LAW Services  |  Lawyers & Consultants  |  Masters of Australian Migration and Visa Law

Good news for Kiwis – new pathway for NZ citizens

From 1 July 2017 New Zealand Citizens now have a new pathway to PR (permanent residence) Those who have lived and worked in Australia for at least 5 years.

The pathway: a stream within the Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa. The NZ citizen stream will be significantly easier to qualify for than the traditional 189 subclass, and in particular:

  • No skills assessment, English language test, points test or Skilled Select Invitation will be required
  • No age limit
  • Concessions on the health requirement
  • Small initial application fee

The Australian government estimates that 60-70,000 New Zealanders may be eligible for the new stream.  Good news for New Zealanders however this may mean that fewer places are available for applicants in the points tested stream. This in turn may affect the occupational ceilings for skilled migration, and result in higher points being required for an invitation through SkillSelect.

So if you or someone you know would like to find out more about these and other changes to the New Zealand skilled visa program talk to us.

Call 03 9614 0218 or email to make an initial 30 Minute consultation at our Melbourne office. (conditions apply)

For more go to

Note: this update, or any previous updates on this page, do not constitute legal advice and should not be relied upon as such. Please call our office to seek professional advice before acting or relying on any of the content on this page