Erina and her team were amazing. We had a particularly difficult application, and I don’t think anyone but Erina could have got it over the line. This application was years in the making, and it’s such a relief to finally have everything approved. Thanks Erina, you are highly recommended.
Information for New Zealand citizens
There is often confusion with New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for many years. Since the 1st of September 1994, all New Zealand citizens were granted the Special Category Visa, subclass TY 444. This is a temporary visa.
Recent announcements made on 22 April 2023 by the Australian Government now consider all New Zealand citizens to be permanent residents under the Citizenship Act as of 1 July 2023. Therefore, eligible to apply directly for citizenship without having to first apply for a permanent visa.
In addition, New Zealand citizens who apply for and are granted a permanent visa are also considered permanent residents.
New Zealand citizens must check the citizenship criteria to assess if they are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.
Absolutely the most caring professional team to deal with. Thank you so very much for all your kindness and assistance with my citizenship journey, highly recommend the services of Erina and team @ Morunga Migration.
Michelle Morehu, WA
Citizenship Application Fees
Application fees for citizenship range from $35 through to $490. The cost will depend on what type of citizenhip application is being applied for and whether the applicant qualifies for a concession rate (see Form 1298i).
Applicants seeking exemptions or a concession rate cannot apply online. They must apply for citizenship by downloading the appropriate form and posting their citizenship applications to their closest Department of Home Affairs office.
Residency requirements for New Zealand citizens
Residency requirements are complex and vary depending on the New Zealand citizens’ unique circumstances.
Some New Zealand citizens may be eligible for exemptions and special circumstances whilst recent changes for New Zealand citizens holding a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa allows applicants to apply without needing to hold a permanent visa for 12 months.