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New Zealand citizens applying for Australian Citizenship must meet the following eligibility criteria

Hold a permanent visa (obtained upon arriving in Australia)

  • If you arrived before 1 July 2022, your permanent visa started on 1 July 2022; or
  • If you arrive for the first time after 1 July 2022 your permanent visa began upon arrival.

Held a permanent visa for at least 12 months before applying;

Have lived in Australia for at least 4 years immediately prior to applying;

Meet general residency requirements (unless exceptions apply):

  • Absent from Australia for no more than 1 year within the last 4 years.
  • Absent from Australia for no more than 3 months in the last 1 year;.

Be of good character.

Intend to live in Australia.

Be in Australia when the decision about your application is made.


  • New Zealand citizen children may also apply for Australian Citizenship. Special rules apply.
  • Let us know if you have children and we will help obtain their Australian Citizenship