New Zealand Citizens' Pathway to Australian Citizenship

Are you a New Zealand citizen looking to call Australia your permanent home? Great news! The Australian government has introduced a "new" citizenship pathway that allows eligible New Zealand citizens to apply for Australian citizenship through permanent residency.

In this blog post, we will guide you through the essential details of this exciting opportunity. Stay tuned with HTW Legal for more updates on this pathway.

The Pathway Explained:

From 01 July 2023, New Zealand citizens who hold a non-protected Special Category Visa can apply for citizenship by conferral, subject to meeting other eligibility requirements. This means that if you are a New Zealand citizen and currently hold a non-protected Special Category Visa, you can now pursue Australian citizenship through this streamlined pathway.

Key Eligibility Criteria:

To qualify for citizenship by conferral under this "new" pathway, you must meet specific eligibility requirements set by the Australian government. These requirements may include factors such as the length of your residency in Australia, English language proficiency, and adherence to the law.

General residence requirement

When you apply you must:

  • have been living in Australia on a valid visa for 4 years immediately before the day you apply
  • hold a permanent visa or an SCV for the last 12 months immediately before the day you apply and
    not have been absent from Australia for more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the 12 months immediately before applying.
  • Be of “good character”
    • You must be of ‘good character’ if you are 18 years or over.
    • Good character is the ‘enduring moral qualities of a person’.

When we assess good character, we consider whether you are likely to:

  • uphold and obey the laws of Australia
  • meet the other commitments made through the citizenship pledge

We may consider:

  • any recorded criminal convictions
  • obligations you may have to a court in Australia or overseas
  • your association with people of concern
  • incidents of reported domestic violence
  • whether you have been honest in your dealings with the Australian community, including providing false or misleading information in relation to a visa or citizenship application.

Complete citizenship test

Stay Updated with HTW Legal:

As the details of this "new" citizenship pathway are subject to change and further updates, HTW Legal is committed to keeping you informed. Our team of immigration experts will continue to monitor any developments, policy changes, and eligibility requirements related to this pathway.

Consult HTW Legal: Your Trusted Immigration Partner

Navigating immigration laws can be complex, but with HTW Legal by your side, you can have peace of mind. Our experienced team of immigration specialists is dedicated to helping New Zealand citizens make their dreams of living in Australia a reality. Whether you are considering permanent residency, citizenship, or any other immigration matters, our experts are here to provide personalized advice and assistance tailored to your needs.


The "new" citizenship pathway for New Zealand citizens presents an incredible opportunity to secure Australian citizenship through permanent residency. At HTW Legal, we are excited to be part of this journey with you. Stay tuned with our future blog posts as we uncover more intricacies of this pathway and provide invaluable insights to support your immigration aspirations. If you have any questions or need assistance with your immigration journey, don't hesitate to reach out to HTW Legal. Let us help you make your dreams come true across the ditch!


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