NZ 189 Visa processing time

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Date last modified: 16 December 2022

Temporary closure of New Zealand stream 189 visa applications

The New Zealand stream 189 visa has temporarily closed to new applications from 10 December 2022 until 1 July 2023.

This is a temporary pause on new applications while the Government considers future migration and citizenship pathways for New Zealand citizens in Australia, reflecting the close ties between the two countries. The Department of Home Affairs will seek to finalise the majority of on-hand applications, and has established a dedicated taskforce to prioritise the processing of this caseload.

05 June 2018

The Department of Home Affairs have a target to process 90 per cent of Skilled Independent (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream visa applications within 11 months.

More staff were added to the processing team in March, and they have now processed one-third of the 10,000 applications received as of May 2018. Approximately, 10 per cent of applications have been declined because applicants have not provided the required information or do not meet the eligibility criteria.

Oz Kiwi cannot stress enough that you must provide ALL the recommended documentation when you submit your application. This includes:

  • information about non-migrating family members
  • proof your university-age child is financially dependent upon you
  • Character Assessment Form 80
  • Ministry of Justice consent form
  • five years of ATO Notices of Assessment or proof you are eligible for an income exemption.

Requests for additional information and supporting documents will delay your application by MANY WEEKS.

Before you apply

Oz Kiwi recommends applicants read the information on the Department of Home Affairs website. In particular the Learn About this visa and Step by step tabs.


Skilled Independent (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream
Applying for the NZ 189 visa


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