Skilled Independent Visa (subclass 189) New Zealand Stream
The Australian Government announced a new permanent visa pathway dedicated to certain New Zealand citizens who meet strict criteria. This pathway became available on 1st July 2017 and is still currently open.
This visa is a Skilled Independent Visa for Kiwis.
To apply for this visa, New Zealanders must meet these criteria:
1. Usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before applying.
2. The continuous period of usual residence was on or before February 19th, 2016.
3. Be a Special Category Visa, subclass TY444 holder.
There is no age limit or occupation restrictions for this specific pathway.
There is the possibility of requesting a health waiver in cases where health may be an issue.
Certain family members may be included including children under 23yrs old who are still dependent.
Further general criteria includes:
- Providing five of your most recent Tax assessments (2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015)
- Earned a minimum of $53,900 taxable income per year for the four most recent years from 2016 to 2019
- Meet medical health requirements
- Meet public interest criteria including good character
- Exemptions may apply in limited circumstances ie Maternity Leave, Work Cover, Family Court orders, Carer's Leave
New Zealanders are able to pay the visa application charge in two split payments.
First visa application charge ranges from $205 to $810 depending on age and type of applicant.
The Second visa application charge ranges from $810 to $3,235 depending on age and type of applicant.
The 1st Instalment must be paid at the time the application is lodged. The 2nd Instalment is payable prior to grant of the visa.
Exemptions exist for certain applicants whose income have fallen below the $53,900 threshold due to prescribed circumstances such as approved parental or carers leave, parenting orders, receiving compensation for a work related injury.
Meet health and character checks.
Partners and dependant children may me able to be included as additional applicants in this type of application.
The main applicant must be the holder of a Special Category Visa, subclass TY444.
Hold a valid passport.
There are no age restrictions for the applicant to make this type of visa application.
There are no capped limits to how many of the permanent visas can be granted.
There are no points requirements as compared to the general Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa criteria.
Once the visa has been granted, then the earliest you may be able to apply for citizenship is 12 months. This is subject to meeting residency requirements.
Please note: This visa can not be applied for by any New Zealand citizen who arrived to live in Australia from the 20th February 2016 onwards.
Note: Visa application charges are non-refundable by the Department of Home Affairs if applications are refused. Therefore, every effort is made to ensure only valid visa applications are ever submitted.
189 Visa Grant in record time
P. Babore, VIC 2018
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