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Kia Ora Bro! Permanent Residency for New Zealanders working in Australia!


Recent figures show that there are currently over 670,000 New Zealanders living in Australia on Subclass 444 visas. Many have lived and worked here for much of their life and have made Australia their home, with no need to apply for Permanent Residence since they were able to earn a living here in Australia on a visa that did not expire – sweet as!

But when the COVID-19 crisis affected Australia, while our Kiwi friends who had jobs with employers who qualified could access the JobKeeper payment, only those who had arrived before 26 February 2001 had access to welfare payments and the JobSeeker payment, so many people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic found themselves in a difficult situation. If they had already held Permanent Residence status, this would have been a different story.

Of course, we all hope that we will never experience a situation like this again, but just in case, the good news is that holders of Subclass 444 visas who have been living and working in Australia actually have a pathway to Australian Permanent residency just for them. It is the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa – New Zealand stream.

The basic criteria to lodge an application for this visa is:

holding a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa
have lived in Australia for at least the last five years
show that you have earned at least $53,900 per year for the past four financial years 
have a good history of health and character

As a bonus, the Department of Home Affairs allows for the visa application fees for this visa to be paid in stages, with just 20% charged when you lodge the application, and the remaining 80% to be paid just before the visa grant. (If you need a Migration Agent to assist you with your application, their professional fees will be in addition to the application fee.)

Give us a call on 02 9407 8788 or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au if you would like to talk about whether this visa stream is for you, or to see if we can come up with any other options to suit your circumstances. 

Do you need outbound immigration support?


At Oz Migration Solutions, our Migration Agents aren’t only able to assist companies and applicants for Australian bound visas and permanent residence applications. We are able to provide support to multi-national corporations who sends their assignees to outbound countries for short-term or long-term assignments. As international immigration policies are constantly changing and becoming increasingly complex, we will be able to provide strategic analysis & pre-planning to facilitate the international transfer of your employees.

Some of the outbound countries which our Migration Agents have specialised expertise include: India, Singapore, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam & Malaysia. Our overseas network service partners are able to provide support to other regions such as Europe & the America as well. In addition to being a central point of contact, where consular services are needed such as organising documents to be authenticated/apostilled, our team will be able to assist with the legalisation process for the relevant jurisdiction. 

If your business requires any support for outbound matters, please don’t hesitate to reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au or call us on 02 9407 8788.

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Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586


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Kia Ora Bro! Permanent Residency for New Zealanders working in Australia!


Recent figures show that there are currently over 670,000 New Zealanders living in Australia on Subclass 444 visas. Many have lived and worked here for much of their life and have made Australia their home, with no need to apply for Permanent Residence since they were able to earn a living here in Australia on a visa that did not expire – sweet as!

But when the COVID-19 crisis affected Australia, while our Kiwi friends who had jobs with employers who qualified could access the JobKeeper payment, only those who had arrived before 26 February 2001 had access to welfare payments and the JobSeeker payment, so many people who lost their jobs due to the pandemic found themselves in a difficult situation. If they had already held Permanent Residence status, this would have been a different story.

Of course, we all hope that we will never experience a situation like this again, but just in case, the good news is that holders of Subclass 444 visas who have been living and working in Australia actually have a pathway to Australian Permanent residency just for them. It is the Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa – New Zealand stream.

The basic criteria to lodge an application for this visa is:

holding a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa
have lived in Australia for at least the last five years
show that you have earned at least $53,900 per year for the past four financial years 
have a good history of health and character

As a bonus, the Department of Home Affairs allows for the visa application fees for this visa to be paid in stages, with just 20% charged when you lodge the application, and the remaining 80% to be paid just before the visa grant. (If you need a Migration Agent to assist you with your application, their professional fees will be in addition to the application fee.)

Give us a call on 02 9407 8788 or reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au if you would like to talk about whether this visa stream is for you, or to see if we can come up with any other options to suit your circumstances. 

Do you need outbound immigration support?


At Oz Migration Solutions, our Migration Agents aren’t only able to assist companies and applicants for Australian bound visas and permanent residence applications. We are able to provide support to multi-national corporations who sends their assignees to outbound countries for short-term or long-term assignments. As international immigration policies are constantly changing and becoming increasingly complex, we will be able to provide strategic analysis & pre-planning to facilitate the international transfer of your employees.

Some of the outbound countries which our Migration Agents have specialised expertise include: India, Singapore, China, Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam & Malaysia. Our overseas network service partners are able to provide support to other regions such as Europe & the America as well. In addition to being a central point of contact, where consular services are needed such as organising documents to be authenticated/apostilled, our team will be able to assist with the legalisation process for the relevant jurisdiction. 

If your business requires any support for outbound matters, please don’t hesitate to reach us at info@ozmigration.net.au or call us on 02 9407 8788.

 ..................................................

Written by Robert Lu

Robert is the Immigration Manager at Oz Migration Solutions. He has been working in the industry for the last 12 years, passionate about immigration and a believer in “Big Australia”.

MARN: 0848586