Eligible New New Zealand citizen

AM I Eligible New Zealand Citizen for Visa ?

If you are an eligible New Zealand citizen, check here

You are an eligible New Zealand citizen if you arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport and were:

  • in Australia on 26 February 2001 and were a special category visa (SCV) holder on that day, or
  • in Australia for a period or periods totaling 12 months in the 2 years immediately before 26 February 2001, and returned to Australia after that day
  • assessed as protected SCV holders before 26 February 2001

Eligible New Zealand citizen for Partner visa sponsorship 

when you arrived in Australia?

  • On or before 26 February 2001

In summary, New Zealanders are ENZCs if they were in Australia on 26 February 2001 on an SCV Special Category visa (subclass 444), or in Australia for 12 months in the two years before 26 February 2001, or if they otherwise provide written evidence from Centrelink (including the old certificates) to confirm that they are ‘protected SCV holders’. And you presented in Australia on 26 February 2001.

Eligible New Zealand citizen

Other exceptions,

  1. If you were not present in Australia on 26 February 2001 but was present in Australia for 365 days (or more) between 26 February 1999 and 25 February 2001 (inclusive).
  2. Commenced (or recommenced) residing in Australia between 26 February 2001 and 25 May 2001 (inclusive)
  3. The person claimed a payment under the social security law between 26 February 2001 and 25 February 2004 – The evidence a payment as noted above, the person must provide written confirmation from Centrelink
  4. Was residing Australia on 26 February 2001, but was temporarily absent from Australia on that day
  5. The Certificate of Status for NZ Citizens in Australia (CSNZCA) was issued by the Department for people who perceived a need for certification for eligibility for various entitlements or benefits.
  6. The issuing of the CSNZCA ceased on 1 July 2017.


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