Did you know the Australian Government recently announced a direct pathway to Australian citizenship for the citizens of New Zealand residing in Australia on 22 April 2023?
That’s right; the announcement confirmed that New Zealand citizens who have been living in Australia for four years or above would be qualified to go for Australian citizenship from 1 July 2023. It means they will no longer have to get a permanent visa first. It should be noted that these changes are applicable to New Zealand citizens who have a Special Category subclass 444 visa and the ones who came to Australia after 26 February 2001.
As far as New Zealand citizens living in Australia as long-term residents are concerned, their eligibility for the direct pathway will be determined by backdating their duration of permanent residence to grant them Australian citizenship. As a result, they will be able to fulfill the general residence requirement for the 12-month permanent residence period.
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