19 February 2016
Australia opens door to citizenship for New Zealanders following breakthrough agreement.
New Zealanders who have been living in Australia for at least five years – and earning a reasonable wage – may be a step closer to acquiring citizenship across the ditch.
The policy change announced today may help many Kiwis in Australia, although it will certainly not help all.
[Read the Stuff article]
To be eligible for citizenship under the new pathway non-protected SCVs must:
- have lived in Australia continuously for the previous five years
- have had a taxable income of more than $53,900 in each of the last five years
- have been resident in Australia on or before today (ie anyone who arrived after today is ineligible)
- meet the standard health criteria
- pay substantial fees – primary applicant $3,670, partner $1,835, dependent child 18-24 $1,835 and child under 18 $920.
A dependent child must be aged under 25, in full time study and financially dependent upon the sponsoring parent. There must also be no more than a six month gap between leaving school and commencing full time study.
The new pathway for citizenship is expected to come into effect from 1 July 2017.
For more details refer to Additional citizenship pathway for New Zealanders