Australian Visas for Kiwis

Options For New Zealand Citizens And Their Families

Australian Visas for Kiwis: New Zealand Citizens residing or visiting Australia may be granted a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444) upon entry if they meet the criteria below.

  • A New Zealand Citizen and do not hold another Australian Visa
  • Present current New Zealand Passport
  • Meet specific health and character requirements

This article is a must-read because it clarifies the Australian visa landscape for New Zealand citizens, ensuring you’re well-prepared for your stay.



Special Category (Subclass 444) Australian Visas for Kiwis

The Special Category Visa (SCV) Subclass 444 is a temporary visa that allows New Zealand citizens to live, work and study in Australia.

As temporary residents, SCV holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian Citizens or permanent residents.

A separate visa application/s must be made to become a permanent resident or citizen.

This visa is valid from the time of visa grant (upon arrival) to departure from Australia.

Family & Partner Visas (New Zealand)

New Zealand citizens with non-New Zealand family members have their visa subclass.

The New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship Visa (Subclass 461)

Subclass 461 is for:

  • The partner
  • Children/step-children or partner’s children/step-children (Including dependent children)

of a New Zealand Citizen (Subclass 444 visa holder).

Applying For Permanent Residency

New Zealand Citizens have many Permanent Visa options.

The Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) New Zealand Stream is for SCV Subclass 444 Visa holders.

The 189 Visa is for 444 Visa holders contributing to the Australian economy to apply for Permanent Residency.

New Zealand Citizen Family visa (Subclass 461) allows non-New Zealand family members of a New Zealand Citizen to live and work in Australia for up to five years.

Ready to explore your Australian visa options as a Kiwi or learn more about bringing your family to join you Down Under? Contact our expert advisors today to start your journey!