VEVO – Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a subclass TY444 visa?

Since 1 September 1994, all non-citizens in Australia have been required to hold a valid visa. As a result, the subclass TY444 Special Category Visa was introduced specifically for New Zealand citizens.

Under the 1973 Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement, New Zealand citizens who hold New Zealand passports and present no health or character concerns can visit, live and work in Australia indefinitely and without restrictions.

Under the Australian Migration Act 1958, the TY444 visa is a temporary visa which never converts to a permanent visa, regardless of how long New Zealand citizens have lived in Australia or how much they may have contributed in taxes.

The TY444 is the only visa of its kind in Australia.

My VEVO says 'SINGLE ENTRY ONLY'. Does that mean I can only enter once?

TY444 visas are issued for once only entries.

Each time you leave Australia your TY444 ceases to exist.

Each time you re-enter Australia a new single entry TY444 is issued.

Why does my VEVO say I was granted the TY444 the last time I arrived into Australia, but I've been living here much longer?

TY444 visas cease to exist each time you leave Australia. A brand new TY444 is granted each time you re-enter Australia. The VEVO check only ever provides the most recent visa a person holds including the date it was granted.

Why does my VEVO say I'm a TEMPORARY RESIDENT?

The subclass TY444 visa is a temporary visa that is granted to New Zealand citizens.

Under the Migration Act 1958, the TY444 visa is a temporary visa.

Because you are a New Zealand citizen who does not hold a permanent visa or are a dual Australian/New Zealand citizen you are recognised as a temporary resident only.

I've been living in Australia for many years. Why does it say I'm a TEMPORARY RESIDENT?

It’s because you are a New Zealand citizen who does not hold a permanent visa or dual New Zealand/Australian citizenship.

As a result, you are automatically granted the TY444 visa, regardless of how long you have lived in Australia.

How do I change my TEMPORARY RESIDENT status?

If you are eligible, you need to either apply for a permanent visa or Australian citizenship.

To be eligible for citizenship you generally need:

1. To have been living in Australia prior to 26 February 2001 

OR

2. Were present in Australia for a minimum of 365 days between 26 February 1999 and 26 February 2001

OR

3. You came to live in Australia between 27 February 2001 to 25 May 2001 AND you were assessed by Centrelink (Services Australia) as a transitional customer. 

New Zealand citizens who do not meet any of the above criteria will need to apply for a permanent visa before they are eligible to apply for dual citizenship.

How do I get an assessment?

We provide assessments for New Zealand citizens via a consultation process (fee applies). 

Consultations can be booked via our online booking system.

How much does it cost?

It’s not possible to provide how much visas and/or citizenship applications cost as they vary in price, process, additional information required and complexity. 

The Department has a list of application fees on it’s website but first you would need to know:

1. What you need to apply for?

2. Are you eligible to apply?

3. Are you including family members?

4. Are your family members eligible to apply or be included?

5. Are there any major risk factors involved?

6. Is more than one application needed?

7. Is it a paper application or an online application?

8. Are there better options available?

9. Has your status as a New Zealand citizen been assessed fully?

10. Are you aware of the implications of lodging applications and the ongoing affects that may have?

11. Are your circumstances likely to change and will that impact your application?