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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about New Zealanders eligibility for a permanent visa, Australian citizenship, entitlements etc.

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FAQs

Hot Topics

  Can I become an Australian citizen?
  Is my child an Australian citizen by birth?
  What is the new permanent visa for New Zealanders (189)?
  Am I eligible for a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  Do I need to reside four years as a PR to apply for citizenship?

Before moving to Australia

  What do I need to know before moving to Australia?
  What is the visa status of New Zealanders in Australia?
  What are New Zealanders entitlements in Australia?
  What do New Zealanders need to know about their Australian visa?
  Do WINZ need to know if I go to Australia?
  What happens to my NZ Super or Veterans Pension if I go to Australia?

Australian citizenship

  Can I become an Australian citizen?
  How do I apply for Australian citizenship?
Should I complete the Personal and Character Assessment Form 80?
  How can I find out the date I first came to Australia?
  What is a Certificate of Australian Residence?
  How long will it take for my citizenship application to be processed?
  Is my child an Australian citizen by birth?
  Can my child become an Australian citizen at age 10?
  Can I become an Australian citizen through my parents or grandparents?
  Can my child be granted a permanent visa?
  Can my partner be granted a permanent visa?
  Do I need to reside four years as a PR to apply for citizenship?
  How do I apply for or renew an Australian passport?
  Do Australian citizens have to travel on an Australian passport?

  Can New Zealanders be dual citizens?

Australian Defence Force entry

  Am I eligible to join the ADF?
  Can New Zealanders serve in the ADF?
  Why does the NZ in ANZAC matter?

Buying or selling a house

  Are New Zealanders eligible for the First Home Owners Grant?
  Are New Zealanders considered foreign buyers for Stamp Duty?
  Can I look up my visa status (VEVO)?
  Do New Zealanders have to pay Capital Gains Tax on their home?
  What are the proposed changes to Capital Gains Tax?
  Do New Zealanders have to pay Capital gains Tax on the family home if living outside Australia?

Centrelink

  Am I eligible for the Aged Pension or NZ Superannuation?
  Can I receive Centrelink payments?
  Can New Zealanders receive Disaster Recovery Payments for flooding or bush fires?
  What is the Centrelink Crisis Payment?
  Can I appeal if Centrelink decline my application?
  Am I a Permanent Resident?
  What is a Certificate of Status for New Zealanders in Australia (CSNZCA)?
  Can Permanent Residents claim Centrelink payments?
  Am I eligible for a Medicare card?
  How do I contact Centrelink International Services?
  How do I contact WINZ Senior Services International?

Children born in Australia

  Is my child an Australian citizen by birth?
  Can my child become an Australian citizen at age 10?
  Can my child become a NZ citizen by descent?
  Can my child become a NZ citizen if I’m an NZ citizen by descent?
  How do I apply for New Zealand citizenship and a NZ passport for my child?

Comparison of rights

  How are Australians in New Zealand treated?

Deportation

  Will my visa be cancelled if I’ve been arrested/sentenced to prison?
  What can I do if my visa is cancelled?
  What can I do if I’m going to be deported?
  Can you recommend a migration agent?
  How many New Zealanders are being held in Immigration detention?

Dual citizenship

  Can New Zealanders be dual citizens?
  Do I need to travel on an Australian passport?

HELP loans & university fees

  Can New Zealanders get a HELP loan?
  Will Australian university fees be increased in 2018?

Medicare

  Are New Zealanders eligible for a Medicare card?
  How do I apply for a Medicare card?

Migration agents

  Can you recommend a migration agent?
  How do I make a complaint about a migration agent?

National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)

  What is the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS)?
  Can New Zealanders access services under the NDIS?

New Zealand citizenship

  Can my Australian-born child become a New Zealand citizen?
  How do I apply for New Zealand citizenship and a NZ passport for my child?
  Can my child become a NZ citizen if I am a NZ citizen by descent?
  How do I renew or apply for a New Zealand passport?
  What happens if my child cannot become a citizen of either parent’s country?

New permanent visa (189)

  How do I apply for the new permanent visa for New Zealanders (189)?
Should I complete the Personal and Character Assessment Form 80?
  Am I eligible for an income exemption?
  
Should I apply for a Resident Return Visa or the new NZ 189 visa?
  How can I find out the date I first came to Australia (travel records)?
  Do I need a Bridging Visa to travel overseas?
  Can I add a family member after submitting to my NZ 189 application?

Non-New Zealand family members

  Can my partner or child get an Australian visa (461)?
  Can I include non-New Zealand family on the NZ 189 visa? Yes.
  Can my child be granted a permanent visa?
  Can my partner be granted a permanent visa?

Passports

  How do I apply for or renew a New Zealand passport?
  Do I need to keep my passport valid?
  How do I apply for or renew an Australian passport?

Permanent residency

  Am I a permanent resident?
  Do I have a visa?
  Can I look up my visa status (VEVO)?

Permanent visas

  What is the new permanent visa for New Zealanders (189)?
  Should I apply for the new permanent visa for New Zealanders (189) or a Resident Return Visa?
  How do I apply for the new permanent visa for New Zealanders (189)?
Should I complete the Personal and Character Assessment Form 80?
  
Can I apply for a Permanent Visa?
  How long will it take for my permanent visa to be processed?
  Can my child be granted a permanent visa?
  Can my partner be granted a permanent visa?
  What is a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  Can I check my visa status after travelling overseas?

Protected Special Category Visa (PSCV)

  What is a Protected Special Category Visa (PSCV)?
  Should Protected Special Category Visa-holders apply for citizenship?

Resident Return Visa

  What is a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  Am I eligible for a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  Should I apply for a Resident Return Visa or the new NZ 189 visa?
  How do I apply for a Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  Can I get some help to complete the RRV online application?
  
Do I need to write a statement about my ties to Australia and to explain any absences?
Should I complete the Personal and Character Assessment Form 80?
  
How can obtain my travel records?
  
Do I need to renew my Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  Can I travel overseas after being granted Resident Return Visa (RRV)?
  How can I confirm I still hold a permanent visa after travelling overseas?
  What is the Resident Return Visa (RRV) travel capacity?

Special Category Visa (SCV)

  What is a Special Category Visa (SCV)?
  What is a Protected Special Category Visa (PSCV)?
  Can a Special Category visa-holder apply for citizenship?
  What do New Zealanders need to know about their Australian visa?

Student loans & study

  Can New Zealanders get a student loan (HELP)?
  Will New Zealanders have to pay significantly higher university fees?
  Am I eligible for fees-free study in New Zealand?

Superannuation & retirement

  Am I eligible for the Aged Pension or NZ Superannuation?
 Is New Zealand going to increase the age for superannuation entitlement?
  Do New Zealand & Australia have a Joint Social Security Agreement?
  What happens to my NZ Super or Veterans Pension if I go to Australia?
  Can I access my Australian Super due to financial hardship or on compassionate grounds?
  Can I transfer funds between my Australian Superfund and KiwiSaver?

Travel records

  How can I find out the date I first came to Australia?
  How can obtain my travel records?

Visa cancellation

  Will my visa be cancelled if I’m arrested or sentenced to prison?
  What can I do if I’m going to be deported?
  What can I do if my visa is cancelled?
  Can you recommend a migration agent?

Visa status

  Do I have a visa?
  What do New Zealanders need to know about their Australian visa?
  What is my residency status in Australia?
  Can I look up my visa status (VEVO)?
  How can I confirm I still hold a permanent visa after travelling overseas?
  What is an Eligible New Zealand Citizen?
  Can I become an Australian citizen?
  What is VEVO?

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