New Zealanders eligibility for Australian citizenship

Australian Passport

Not all New Zealanders have a pathway to Australian citizenship.

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:

If you are unsure of the dates or length of time you’ve been in Australia you can request your travel records.

You can also look up your visa status to confirm your citizenship options.

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 age 10.


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

Refer to the information under Australian Citizenship on the How to apply page of the Department of Immigration’s website.

Have a question?

Phone the Department of Immigration on 13 18 81 or contact them via social media. Please do not provide your personal details on a public forum.

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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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