New Zealand citizens

If you are a New Zealand citizen, you do not need to apply for a visa before you come here. We will grant you a Special Category visa (SCV) when you arrive, if you meet certain entry requirements.

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

Becoming an Australian permanent resident may allow you to access additional entitlements.

Becoming Australian citizen

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

See more about pathways to permanent resident and citizenship.

Check your visa details online

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

Get a reference number for VEVO

Applying for a visa in Australia

Submit the online form if:

  • you became a New Zealand citizen after you arrived here or
  • you are a citizen of a third country who have travelled to Australia on the third country’s passport and wish to change to a SCV

Apply online