Special Category Visas for Kiwis
Arrival Dates in Australia
Arrived in Australia before 1994
Good news! If you arrived in Australia prior to 1 September 1994, then you were automatically given Permanent Residence in Australia.
Arrived Between 1994 and 2001 – Protected
Good news! If you arrived in Australia before 26 February 2001, then the following applies:
- were in Australia on 26 February 2001 as SCV holders
- were outside Australia on 26 February 2001, but were in Australia as an SCV holder for a total of 12 months in the two years prior to that date, and subsequently returned to Australia
- have a certificate issued under the Social Security Act 1991 stating that they were residing in Australia on a particular date. These certificates are no longer issued. These are named Certificate of Residence.
Arrived After 2001 – Not Protected
If you arrived in Australia after 26 February 2001, you would have a Special Category Visa which is a temporary visa not a permanent residence visa.
WHAT THIS MEANS:
The process of getting a Permanent Resident Visa is lengthy and costly, but remember it is worth it in the long run to become an Australian Citizen, plus you can still hold onto your citizenship in New Zealand.
Plus, it is also good to remember that we’re the only people group that move, live, work and study in Australia without a visa that we have already applied for.