Good news for long-stay New Zealand citizens
13 Sep 2017
From 1 July 2017, the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) introduced a new stream for New Zealand citizens under the Subclass 189 Skilled Visa called the New Zealand stream. Gerald Santucci, Director and migration agent explains 7 things you need to know about the new migration pathway available to New Zealand citizens already living in Australia.
- The applicant needs to have been ‘usually resident’ in Australia for a continuous period for at least five years immediately before the date of the application. That continuous period of usual residence in Australia must have started on or before 19 February 2016. If they were here before 26 February 2001, they are protected New Zealand citizens and already had permanent visa rights.
- The main applicant has to provide copies of notices of assessment and amended assessments from the Commissioner of Taxation in relation to the four most recently completed income years before the date of the application during the period of five years immediately before that date. Hence, if you were to apply, for example, on 20 July 2017, the main applicant would need to provide copies of tax returns for the years ending 30 June 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
- For each of those four completed income tax years, the applicant’s taxable income must be no less than the minimum amount specified by the Minister. For the year ending 30 June 2013, the minimum income specified by the Minister was $51,400. For the years ending 30 June 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, the minimum amount specified is $53,900.
- Health, character and security criteria also apply.
- There is no age bar on this application. (You may be aware that the maximum age for many visa applications to Australia has been dropped to 45. That is not the case here.)
- On receipt of the visa, the applicant is granted immediate permanent residency.
- Additional fees apply for dependents included in the application.
How can Snedden Hall & Gallop’s migration team help you?
Our lawyers are registered migration agents and are members of the Migration Institute of Australia. Gerald Santucci is one of Australia’s longest registered migration agents (MARN 9256528), advising and assisting in migration matters since 1989. We keep abreast of all migration law issues in Australia and can advise you on how these changes will affect your immigration status. You can contact us about a Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) by phone on (02) 6285 8000 or by email and you can see details of our migration team.