Oz Kiwi understands that many of our supporters do not have a pathway to citizenship, however, some will do due to having been in Australia on or before 26 February 2001.
To apply for Australian citizenship you must meet the eligibility criteria. Generally, for New Zealanders to be eligible to apply for citizenship they must:
- hold a permanent resident visa, this is NOT the Special Category visa (SCV), or
- have been in Australia on 26 February 2001 on an SCV, or
- have spent a period(s) totalling 12 months of the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001 residing in Australia on an SCV, or
- have a Centrelink Certificate of Status for NZ Citizens as proof you that you were residing in Australia prior to 26 Feb 2001. You can also obtain a Certificate of Status if you moved to Australia between 26 February and 26 May 2001.
Note: the Special Category Visa granted to New Zealanders since February 2001 is a temporary visa for migration purposes and does not provide a pathway to citizenship.
For more information refer to New Zealanders eligibility for Australian citizenship.