Fair Pathway to Citizenship

The issue

The Australian government recently announced a new permanent visa, for some New Zealand Special Category Visa-holders (SCV), available from 1 July 2017. It is estimated that up to half of the non-protected SCV New Zealanders residing in Australia are not eligible for the new pathway.

To give all New Zealanders residing in Australia a fair pathway to citizenship, Oz Kiwi recommends:

  • removing the income and health eligibility criteria for the additional pathway to citizenship
  • making the additional pathway to citizenship available to all, regardless of their arrival date
  • reducing costs and simplifying the process for those seeking citizenship

How you can help

Contact Hon David Coleman MP, Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs and Hon Shayne Neumann MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.

You may also wish to contact Hon Tony Burke MP, the Shadow Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Australia. Also email a PDF of your letter the New Zealand Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Winston Peters MP.

Explain why you or your family aren’t eligible, and what becoming a citizen would mean to you. Ask what their position is on a fair citizenship pathway for all New Zealanders residing in Australia. You can: 

Resources

Find your Federal electorate

Find the contact details for a Federal MP or Senator

Download our Fair Pathway letter template

Include a copy of the Oz Kiwi Rights Comparison Table March 2016 with your letter or email

Include a copy of the Oz Kiwi Policy Options Paper with your letter or email

Download our follow up letter template if you get no reply or no clear answer your questions

Donate

Oz Kiwi is run by volunteers and entirely funded by public donations. Please consider donating to help Oz Kiwi lobby on behalf of New Zealanders living in Australia.

Thank you for your support.

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