SUBCLASS 444

Special Category Visa

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This visa allows New Zealand citizens to stay, study and work temporarily in Australia.

This temporary visa allows you to visit, study, stay, and work in Australia if you are a New Zealand citizen and meet the eligibility criteria. It is usually applied each time you enter Australia.

This visa grants you the following privileges:

  1. You can enter and stay in Australia for as long as you are and continue to remain a New Zealand citizen.
  2. You can visit, work and study in Australia.
  3. If eligible, you can apply for a permanent visa.

You usually apply for this visa when you enter Australia.

In some cases, you may be able to apply for this visa after you have entered Australia. This might be the case if you:

  1. became a New Zealand citizen and passport holder after you entered Australia
  2. entered on a passport that is not a New Zealand passport
  3. entered on another temporary visa
  4. had a New Zealand citizen baby born in Australia.

Eligibility Criteria

This visa includes the following criteria:

  1. You must have a valid New Zealand passport.
  2. You must not be a behaviour concern non-citizen.
  3. You must not be considered a health concern non-citizen, and declaring tuberculosis (TB) upon entry may lead to such classification. Additional information will be requested in case of TB declaration.
  4. You can't apply for this visa if you currently hold a visa that has a 'no further stay' condition.

Inclusion of Other Family Members

Each family member needs to make their own SCV application. They can do this by showing a valid New Zealand passport and a completed incoming passenger card to an officer. They can also answer the health and character questions on SmartGate. 

If family members are not New Zealand citizens, they need to apply for another visa.

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