New Zealanders eligibility for Australian citizenship

Australian Passport

To apply for Australian citizenship you must ensure you meet the eligibility criteria. For most applicants this means they have applied for and been granted a permanent visa.

Generally, for New Zealanders to be eligible to apply for citizenship they must:

  • hold a permanent visa, such as a Resident Return Visa, or
  • have been in Australia on 26 February 2001 on a Special Category visa (SCV), or
  • have spent a period(s) totalling 12 months in Australia on a SCV in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001, or
  • have a Certificate of Australian Residence if you moved to Australia between 27 February and 26 May 2001.

Note: the Special Category Visa granted to New Zealanders since February 2001 is a temporary visa for migration purposes and does not provide a pathway to citizenship.

Children born in Australia, who did not aquire citizenship at birth, can apply for evidence of Australian citizenship if they have usually resided in Australia until their 10th birthday.


Applying for citizenship

RRV or the new visa option for New Zealanders?

Can I apply for citizenship?

Check your visa status using VEVO for Visa Holders

Citizenship application information 

Citizenship application fees

Centrelink Certificate of Status for NZ Citizens proving you were residing in Australia prior to 27 Feb 2001

Have a question?

Refer to the information under Australian Citizenship on the How to apply page of the Department of Immigration’s website, or email Oz Kiwi at


The above “New Zealanders eligibility for Australian citizenship” information should not be relied on as an alternative to advice from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, or a professional immigration services provider.

If you have any specific questions about an immigration matter, you should consult the Department of Immigration and Border Protection or a professional immigration services provider.

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