Information for citizenship applicants
Following a review of New Zealanders rights in Australia the Albanese Labor Government announced that non-protected Special Category Visa-holders who have resided in Australia for at least the past four years can apply directly for citizenship from the 1 July 2023 without needing to apply for a permanent visa.
To be eligible for the direct citizenship pathway, non-protected SCVs:
- will be considered permanent residents for citizenship purposes.
- must meet the usual character test.
- must have basic English language knowledge to pass the citizenship test.
- must pay the citizenship application fee, adult $540, 16 or 17 year old $330, 15 and under $330 or no cost if included on parent's application.
Note: There is no income threshold or health check required.
1 Watch the eligibility video
Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil explains the new citizenship pathway for New Zealanders.
2 Watch our Q&A video
Oz Kiwi Q&A with Minister for Home Affairs, Clare O'Neil.
Clarification: you only need certified supporting documents if using the paper application.
3 Read our FAQs
See our FAQs about the new direct citizenship pathway.
4 Read the Home Affairs website
Familiarise yourself with the Become an Australian citizen information on the Home Affairs website, especially the Step-by-step tab, before starting your application.
Hint: read the PDF application form explanatory notes.
5 Help for citizenship applicants
Applying for citizenship cheatsheet
The Department of Home Affairs has provided us with information to assist non-protected SCV New Zealanders applying for citizenship. See our cheatsheet if you encounter an issue when completing the application form.
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The above “Information for citizenship applicants” information should not be relied on as an alternative to advice from the Department of Home Affairs, or a professional immigration services provider.
If you have any specific questions about an immigration matter, you should consult the Department of Home Affairs or a professional immigration services provider.