Shortcut to Citizenship for Some NZ 189 Visa Holders


No New NZ 189 Applications

This arrangement is only open to eligible existing NZ 189 holders and applicants with visas pending (that are granted prior to 1 July 2023).

New applications for this visa subclass were temporarily placed on hold last year whilst the Government considers new options and pathways that reflect the “very positive contribution New Zealanders make in Australia”.

We look forward to learning more about these new and improved offerings, but in the meantime, run – don’t walk – if you’re eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.


The information displayed on these pages is intended to provide a general overview of some Australian visa types. It is not a substitute for tailored, professional advice relating to your own personal circumstances.

There are dozens of Australian visa subclasses; we refer to only a narrow selection here.

Migration policies and regulations change frequently. We are not responsible for any errors or omissions relating to the generic information supplied here.

You should always seek up-to-date advice from a Registered Migration Agent or refer to the Department of Home Affairs website prior to lodging an application. For more information visit

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