NZ 189 Visa statistics

New Zealand permanent visa (189)
The New Zealand Stream 189 visa is an Australian permanent visa for New Zealand Special Category Visa-holders.

16 November 2018

The Department of Home Affairs has provided information about the number of New Zealand 189 Visas they have processed. Between 1 July 2017 and 30 September 2018:

  • 12,817 applications were submitted
  • 5,627 visas were granted (44%)
  • 606 visas were refused (5%)

Of the 5,627 visas granted, 2,584 were to primary applicants and 3,043 were secondary applicants. At 30 September 2018 there were 6,584 (51%) applications pending.

Interestingly, the highest number of applications (1,091) were processed in June 2018, in time for the end of the 2017-2018 financial year.

Processing times

Reported processing times for the New Zealand 189 Visa, as at November 2018:

  • 75 percent applications within 14 months
  • 90 percent of applications within 15 months

Current processing times can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.

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NZ 189 visa statistics

Number of New Zealand stream 189 visas processed each month between 01 July 2017 and 30 September 2018. (Source: Department of Home Affairs).


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