Meet my baby sis, Tanz Beattie.
She’s a dual citizen and has been living in Kalgoorlie, WA since 2008.
She came to visit a few weekends ago and I put her to work instantly, entertaining the mokos/grandchildren as well as getting roped into helping me set up my business paperwork (which is a mammoth task!).
My sis was able to become a dual citizen because of one interesting fact.
Tanz came to Australia for the first time in 1988 when I was living in Sydney.
She was 3 years old at the time, and came for my son’s 1st birthday.
Thankfully, because of this visit, she was eventually going to be able to dodge the 2001 law changes that make it impossible to apply for New Zealanders to apply for a permanent visa, let alone citizenship.
In June, 2013 we discovered that NZ passport holders who came after the 2001 law changes could apply for the Resident Return Visa. This is a permanent visa, that applies to New Zealanders whom entered Australia, prior to 1st September 1994, and meet relevant criteria.
In Tanz’s case, she was automatically granted permanent residency upon arrival back in 1988.
She only spent two weeks here at the time, but the length of stay is not a necessary criterion that needs to be met when making an RRV application.
What is important, is an applicant can demonstrate they have strong ties to Australia and they have compelling reasons for not returning within a 5 year time frame.
We are very grateful for this opportunity because without it, she would still be holding a Subclass TY 444, Special Category Visa, also defined as a temporary visa that allows indefinite stay and work rights.
She was also one of the few people close to me who realised that it was imperative to get her status sorted.
Therefore, in 2013 she, like myself, became a permanent visa holder through the RRV pathway.
A year later we both applied for citizenship and as a result, we feel safer knowing we are now exempt from ongoing migration law changes.
BTW, she’s also that ‘One sister’ 🙄😊
From left, Tanz Beattie (Kalgoorlie), Erina Morunga (Adelaide), Lena Kairau (Tauranga)
Ngapuhi, Ngatihine, Ngatihineira/Te Uri Taniwha