For NZ Citizens Travelling To Australia
There are special visas for NZ citizens travelling to Australia, or for New Zealand citizens moving to Australia. There are a number of visa options available, depending on your circumstances.
If you are a New Zealand passport holder, there’s no need to apply for a visa before travelling. You’ll likely be granted a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444), which allows you to visit, work and study in Australia on a temporary basis. However, as a New Zealand citizen, you need to understand that the Subclass 444 visa is only a temporary option that doesn’t currently lead you to gain Australian residency. Therefore, if living in Australia long-term is your goal, it’s important to understand your residency visa options before you make travel plans.
The kind of visa you travel on can impact on your rights in Australia – for example, healthcare, benefits, and superannuation. So it’s important that you get the best visa for your needs.
What’s more, the Australian visa system is one of the most complicated in the world – plus the whole process is expensive and time consuming. So if you’re looking to shift across the Tasman, we recommend you get personalised advice at the outset. VisaAide specialises in Australian visas for kiwis.
Electronic Travel Authority
An ETA visa for Australia (Electronic Travel Authority) lets you visit Australia as a tourist, cruise ship passenger, or for certain business visitor purposes. The ETA visa for Australia allows multiple entries in a 12-month period, and you can stay for up to three months each time you enter the country. Read more about the ETA visa for Australia.
Special Category Visa
Subclass 444 Special Category Visa is a straightforward visa for NZ citizens travelling to Australia to visit, work, and study on a temporary basis. It’s a good short-term option, but we recommend looking at your permanent Australian residence visa options if you’re considering a long-term move. Read more about Subclass 444.
The Australian immigration system is one of the most complex in the world, and the path to an Australian Residence Visa is not obvious or straightforward in many instances. Find out your options if you’re an NZ citizen moving to Australia – we’re often able to provide you with Australian Residence Visa pathways you may not easily have discovered by yourself. Read more about options for Australian residence visas.
Are you an NZ citizen travelling to Australia and need help with visa options?
We specialise in Australian visas – contact us for up-to-date advice.