Subclass 189 (NZ SCV444) is for NZ citizens on SCV 444 visa to live permanently in Australia
Subclass 189 (NZ SCV444) is a skilled independent (Permanent) Class SI Subclass 189 visa granted to New Zealand citizens who meet the visa grant criteria.
Subclass 444 is a temporary Special Category Visa granted to New Zealand (NZ) citizens to live and work in Australia (click here to learn more about SCV 444 visa). Like, all temporary residents, NZ citizens who wish to live in Australia permanently have to apply for a permanent visa. Subclass 189 (NZ SCV444) is 1 of these permanent visas.
Before applying, you must have been usually resident (start on or before 19 Feb 2016) in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before your application (if you are a fly-in/fly-out workers, you may still be a usually resident). Usually resident refers to your physical presence. There is no residence requirement for secondary applicants.
Including family members
Members of your family unit can be included in a combined application, or be added to an unfinalised application, for example, a newborn child or a new partner (spouse or de facto partner).
Once the Subclass 189 (NZ SCV444) visa is granted, you will not be able to add family members.
Australian migration law is complex and difficult to understand, contact our immigration lawyer for a consultation (fee applies) to help you decide if you are eligible to apply Skilled Independent (Permanent) Class SI subclass 189 visa in the NZ citizen stream (click here to find out how an immigration lawyer or registered migration agent can help you). You may also refer to our FAQs for answers regarding visa application or visa cancellation by clicking here.
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