Applying for Citizenship

General Information

Receive the most up-to-date information about applying for citizenship on the Department of Home Affair’s website.

There are a number of different ways citizenship can be applied for. In particular, citizenship that migrants generally apply for is citizenship by conferral or evidence of citizenship. ​

When applying for citizenship by conferral, Forms 1290 or 1300t are what are required as part of the application process. Applications can be either posted in the mail or applied for online but you must first set up an IMMI Account.

Eligibility Criteria

New Zealand citizens must first check the citizenship criteria carefully to see if they are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. However, not all New Zealand citizens can apply for citizenship unless they are a permanent visa holder or an Eligible New Zealand Citizen (also known as a Protected SCV holder) and meet the residency requirements.

All other New Zealand citizens who hold a permanent visa and are therefore considered permanent residents must check to see if they meet the residency requirements.

Application fees for citizenship range from $35 through to $490 depending on what type of 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 post their citizenship applications to their closest Department of Home Affairs office.

Kia ora whanau Morunga Migration did my citizen application just now and she is fantastic to deal with, Erina is so patient and knowledgable. Nga mihi.

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Citizenship by Conferral

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. Therefore, all New Zealanders are temporary visa holders under the Migration Act, NOT permanent residents.

However, some New Zealand citizens such as Eligible New Zealand Citizen (also known as a Protected SCV holder) are considered Permanent Residents under the Citizenship Act therefore, they are eligible to apply directly for citizenship without having to apply for a permanent visa first.In addition, New Zealand citizens who apply for and are granted a Permanent Visa are also considered permanent residents.

Applying For Citizenship

1. Discover your eligibility

2. Produce relevant documentation

3. Complete your application

4. Attend your migration appointment

5. Attend your citizenship ceremony

Please note: The information we provide on our website and social media is intended as a guide and general educational resource only. The only way to know what is best for each individual case is to book an assessment. Erina is a highly experienced and knowledgeable registered migration agent who specialises solely in the migration matters of New Zealand citizens who live in Australia.

We can help you get started.

First step is to book a Consultation/Assessment with us online

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