There are big news in relation to New Zealanders
New Direct Pathway to Australian Citizenship for eligible New Zealand citizens.
From 1 July 2023, New Zealand citizens who are long-term residents of Australia will be able to apply for Australian citizenship without first having to obtain a permanent visa
New Zealand citizens in Australia will be able to apply for citizenship after four years of residence in Australia without having to obtain a permanent visa first.
This will be viewed favourably by many New Zealand Citizens.
There may be some talent drain from NZ, plus migrating to NZ just got a whole lot more attractive!
When Will the Australian Citizenship Changes for NZ start?
From 1 July 2023.
Children of New Zealanders born in Australia – straight to Citizenship
From 1 July 2023, any child born in Australia on or after 1 July 2022 to an special category 444 holder - may at birth automatically acquire Australian citizenship.
Please note, the changes effectively backdate eligibility to 1 July 2022.
Positives for Australia from Giving Access to Citizenship to NZ Citizens:
How will the changes to NZ eligibility to Australian Citizenship be effected?
The changes will be effected through the residence requirements for Citizenship by Conferral in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.
To meet the general residence requirement an applicant must be lawfully present in Australia for four years, including 12 months as a permanent resident, immediately before the date of application.
From 1 July 2023, directy from the Home Affairs Website:
- “All New Zealand citizens holding an SCV will be considered permanent residents for citizenship purposes.
- New Zealand citizens granted an SCV before 1 July 2022 will have their period of permanent residence for citizenship purposes backdated to 1 July 2022.
- New Zealand citizens granted an SCV for the first time on or after 1 July 2022 will be considered a permanent resident for citizenship purposes from the date of their SCV grant.”
Positives of NZ eligibility to Australian Citizenship for Australia:
The changes will provide a strong incentive for New Zealanders to consider moving to Australia.
Negatives for of NZ eligibility to Australian Citizenship for Australia:
There is no cap or control on how many NZ turn up on temporary work visas – the Special Category Visa 444. So this move could put pressure on:
Australia’s rugby teams will improve!
Negatives of Australian Citizenship changes of 2023 for New Zealand?
New Zealand will face the challenge of a brain drain or loss of talent to Australia.
Living in South Australia, this is a challenge for where many young people choose to move to Melbourne and Sydney for employment or the bright lights.
Unfortuntately, NZ may experience the negatives of many of its young adults choosing to go to Australia.
Positives for New Zealand in Giving Access to Australia Citizenship:
New Zealand Citizens will be able to feel more confident about having a real future for themselves and their children in Australia.