NZ 189 Visa income exemptions

NZ 189 visa income exemptions
Information about the NZ 189 visa income exemptions.
Date last modified: 01 July 2021

The Primary applicant for the NZ 189 visa must meet the taxable income threshold, as shown by ATO Notices of Assessment, or qualify for an income exemption. You must be able to provide documentation to support your claim to an income exemption.

If you applied on or after 1 July 2021:

You must have met the minimum income threshold for at least 3 completed financial years in the 5 years immediately before you apply. One of these years must be your most recently completed financial year.

If you applied before 1 July 2021

You must have met the minimum income threshold for each of the 4 completed financial years before you apply.

Being made redundant, becoming unemployed, salary sacrificing and negative gearing are not grounds for an income exemption.

There are four categories of income exemption:

  • the Family court has awarded you the primary carer of a child and you cannot remove them from Australia.
  • you are receiving compensation for an injury, which prevents you from earning at or above the income threshold.
  • you are on parental or carer’s leave, as approved by your employer.
  • your 2019–20 income was affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. You must provide evidence to support the claim.

Please note

If claiming parental or carers leave exemption you must have:

  • earned at least the income threshold immediately prior to the period of leave.
  • been on a period of patental leave as agreed to with your employer.
  • resumed, or intend to resume, earning an income that is no less than the income threshold.

You are NOT on parental leave if you have:

  • quit your job.
  • returned to work, even part-time, after your child is born/adopted.
  • taken a few years out of the workforce to care for your children.

Maternity and parental leave

SCV New Zealanders are entitled to take maternity and parental leave and can claim Parental Leave Pay, subject to meeting the eligibility criteria.

Find out more

Income requirement

Income exemption

Refer to the income requirement information for details for income exemptions you can’t claim


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