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Old 01-13-2012, 06:18 AM
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PR option for NZ citizen

Could anyone tell me if there is any way I can apply for PR in Australia as a NZ citizen? I am not an 'eligible NZ citizen' as I arrived in Australia in Jan 2008, I have been resident now for almost 4 years with stable employment with the same employer for the whole time (unfortunately my job is not on the skilled occupation list).

I am wanting to sponsor my wife who is currently here on the 461 famliy of NZ citizen visa, she can apply herself for PR but she will be very tight on the points system.

A friend mentioned to me that there is an option for NZ citizens, if you have been here for 4 or more years, regardless of job, regardless of entry date, I can't seem to find anything on their website other than it stating that NZ citizens only need to apply for PR if they want to access social service benefits or sponsor a foreign family member (which is what I want to do).....but does that mean I need to apply for the skilled visa's? (which I know I won't qualify for) BTW I'm 42 years old.

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Is she tight on points even when including you? She gets additional points for you as you have been here for a while.
I'll ask my kiwi friends, there was a "significant connection with Aus" category for kiwis.

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Is she tight on points even when including you? She gets additional points for you as you have been here for a while.
I'll ask my kiwi friends, there was a "significant connection with Aus" category for kiwis.
Unfortunately I don't contribute to her points at all!! She could claim partner points if my job was on the Skilled Occupation list, but alas, it's not.

I'll call immi, perhaps there is some 'option' that is not widely advertised, I will post any info that I can find on the subject


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Im in the same situation. If u find any good options let me know please


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I'm not sure either but I am a nz citizen who just sponsored my partner here and was approved.

regardless of what happens, get on to doing your police and medical checks for both of you, aswell as form 80.

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Also, I'm an eligible nz citizen but whilst at immi and their checking my status, they mentioned something about a 5 year visa option or something that would have to be renewed every year. Sorry cant be more help.

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Thx for good replies.. We are actually going for the 5 yrs temporary visa now which gives me head ache..
* What visa options do we have after 5 yrs ?
Im not an eligible nz citizen since i hav been in aus for only 6 yrs.
I tired the point test thing myself and i couldnt make 65 points which is for the skilled permanant visa for all countries including nz.
I heard the both nz and aus prime ministers are negotiating the rules changed for kiwis living in australia.
* Does anyone know about the rules changing for kiwis?
If anyone hear the news about it, please keep it posted or updated which i will do too!


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Thx for good replies.. We are actually going for the 5 yrs temporary visa now which gives me head ache..
* What visa options do we have after 5 yrs ?
Im not an eligible nz citizen since i hav been in aus for only 6 yrs.
I tired the point test thing myself and i couldnt make 65 points which is for the skilled permanant visa for all countries including nz.
I heard the both nz and aus prime ministers are negotiating the rules changed for kiwis living in australia.
* Does anyone know about the rules changing for kiwis?
If anyone hear the news about it, please keep it posted or updated which i will do too!
If you're partner/wife/husband is on the 461 temporary visa, it can be renewed every 5 years, and according to immi that can happen indefinitely providing the conditions of that visa are met etc etc.

It's no path to PR and the foreign spouse cannot access Medicare so needs visitors health insurance all the time, cannot vote etc (neither can all those kiwi's who came here after 2001 on the SCV 444)

Lets hope we see some changes soon, it's crazy for immi to say "you can reside here indefinitely" - "but you're still a temporary resident" in the same breath, which is essentially how it stands at the moment.

My wife applied for PR through the Skilled Migration system anyhow, so will see how that fares


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Old 06-13-2012, 04:43 AM
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i'm a NZ citizen as well have beening living in Syndey since April 2003. I pay tax ever year but still can't PR alghough can live and work in Australia indefinitely.

I think it's about time they change the rules for NZ citizens to be able to gain PR after residing in Australia for a certain periord of time


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Yes, I think that if there was such a change, it would be along the lines of being able to apply for PR after a qualifying residency period. In the reverse situation (ie an Australian citizen moves to NZ, the period is 2 years) I think somewhere in the 3 - 5 year range would be fine.

I think there is a growing call for it to be looked at - even a lot of Australians don't realise the inequality of the situation, they assume we are afforded pretty much the same rights as citizens and when it is explained that if we needed assistance from social security for whatever reason, it is not available, despite many people having lived and worked for what is now over a decade since the law was introduced, and having paid taxes for all that time.
I mean, for gawds sake - how can you allow someone to remain in your Country to work and be a productive member of society, pay taxes for over a decade and then tell them they are a 'visitor' with very few rights?

Did you know also that if your child is born in Australia to NZ parents, that child is not considered an Australian Citizen? Not until he/she has remained in Australia for 10 consecutive years!

The ironic thing is, the change came about because of the fears of an influx of NZ's crossing the ditch to sit on the dole because it was better than the dole in NZ - to an extent that situation was occurring, but not in significant numbers - and the law change pretty much protected all those that were doing it ie allowed them to continue it!!


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