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New Zealand citizens


New Zealand citizens with a valid New Zealand passport do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. If you apply and meet the criteria for a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) when you enter Australia, we will grant you the visa.

If you want to stay in Australia as a permanent visa holder, you can choose to apply for a permanent visa

Becoming an Australian permanent resident by holding a permanent visa may allow you to access extra entitlements. It may also allow you to apply for Australia citizenship.

We no longer issue a Certificate of Status for New Zealand Citizens in Australia (CSNZCA). Centrelink no longer requires a CSNZCA to determine your residence status. 

Request your international movem​ent records.​


Becoming an Australian citizen

The Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) does not limit how long you can stay in Australia. An SCV is not always a direct pathway to Australian citizenship. 

See pathway to permanent residence and citizenship.

Check your visa details and status

You can check your visa details and conditions or get a copy of your visa online using VEVO​. To access VEVO, you will need a reference number.

Get a reference number for VEVO

Applying for an SCV if already in Australia

Submit the online application form if you:

  • ​became a New Zealand citizen and passport holder after you entered Australia 
  • entered on a passport that is not a New Zealand passport
  • entered on another temporary visa, or 
  • ​had a New Zealand citizen baby born in Australia​.​

Apply online