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What is the Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent (NZ Stream?)

  • The Subclass 189 – Skilled Independent (NZ Stream) is a skilled permanent residency visa for eligible New Zealand citizens to live and work in Australia.
  • This is a pathway for New Zealand citizens to obtain Australian permanent residency and eventually, citizenship.



  • Eligible New Zealand citizens are those that have a Subclass 444 (New Zealand Special Category) Visa
  • You must demonstrate that they meet or exceed the annual income threshold dictated by Australian legislation.
  • Required residency period of five years to be demonstrated at lodgement, starting before or on 19 February 2016.
  • You must meet character and health requirements.



  • You may be onshore or offshore when this application is made.
  • You may be onshore or offshore at the time of the Department’s decision.
  • This visa permits unlimited work and study rights.
  • This visa enables you to bring your partner and children to Australia on your visa, or as a subsequent entrant.
  • This visa grants you multiple travel facilities, allowing you to enter and exit Australia.

This visa has a global processing time, which can be found here. (hyperlink to https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-processing-times/global-visa-processing-times)

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