Citizenship for child born to NZ 189 visa applicants

Citizenship for child born prior to NZ 189 visa grant
Citizenship for children born in Australia to New Zealand Stream 189 visa applicants.

09 January 2023

Minister for Citizenship and Immigration Andrew Giles MP amended the regulations for the Citizenship Act 2007 in December 2022. Due to extraordinary wait-times to process the New Zealand Stream 189 visa, applicants granted PR after 31 December 2021 up to 1 July 2023, will be taken to have been granted PR on 1 January 2022.

What does this mean for visa applicants?

NZ 189 visa applicants will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship from 1 January 2023, subject to meeting the usual health and character criteria in the Citizenship Act. You do not have wait for 12 months.

Citizenship for children born in Australia

A child born in Australia between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2023, prior to the grant of their parent’s New Zealand stream 189 visa, can apply for citizenship if the visa was granted between 1 January 2022 and 30 June 2023.


Find out more information about acquiring Australian citizenship by birth.


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