Protected-SCVs should apply for citizenship

Important Information

The proposed citizenship changes announced by the Government on 20 April 2017 requiring Permanent Residents to reside for four years will not affect protected Special Category Visa-holders (PSCVs).

PSCVs are considered permanent residents while residing in Australia, and must already reside for four years immediately prior to applying for citizenship.

As you may know, Protected Special Category Visa-holders (PSCVs) can apply for citizenship without needing a permanent visa. This right arose out of a legislative instrument signed in July 2007 by the Minister for Citizenship. The legislative instrument expires on 1 October 2017.

What does this mean?

From 1 October 2017 PSCVs may not be able to apply for citizenship. In other words, PSCVs will need to apply for a permanent visa. Depending on which permanent visa option is available to you (if any), this can be costly and time consuming.

It is not known whether the Minister for Citizenship will grant a new Legislative Instrument allowing PSCVs to apply for citizenship, but it isn’t worth the risk of not applying before 1 October 2017, if you’re eligibile.

We cannot emphasize enough how important it is for PSCVs to apply for Australian citizenship ASAP, if you meet the four year residency requirement. For more information refer to Applying for Australian Citizenship.

Oz Kiwi is run by a small team of volunteers, please help us by reading the information provided on our website. If necessary, ask a friend or family member to assist you with the application form.

Police check

You should obtain your New Zealand criminal record before applying for Australian citizenship if you have left Australia since turning 18 or if requested by the Department of Immigration. There is no fee, but it can take 1 – 3 months to be processed and sent to you.


Australian Citizenship Act 2007 Subsection 5(2)

Have a question?

Refer to the eligibility for New Zealand citizens information on the Department of Immigration website.

You can also ask a question on the Department of Immigration Facebook page. Please do not provide your personal details on a public forum.

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