189 Visa New Zealand Stream (PR)

189 Visa New Zealand Stream (PR)

The 189 Visa New Zealand Stream (PR) is for citizens of New Zealand that have shown commitment and contribution to Australia and would like to apply for Permanent Residence. With this visa, applicants can work and live in Australia permanently. 

New Zealand citizens who have been granted this visa are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship after 12 months besides holding a Special Category visa for a period of 5 years. 



  • The applicant is required to be a New Zealand Special Category SC 444 Visa holder
  • You are required to have resided in Australia for at least the last 5 years
  • Must have been residing in Australia on or before 19th February, 2016
  • You must have an income that is taxable at or above the specific income threshold for at least 3 of the 5 income years before lodging your visa application.



  • The 189 Visa New Zealand Stream (PR) lets you work and study anywhere in Australia.
  • This visa lets you stay in Australia permanently
  • You can sponsor eligible family members for Permanent Residence
  • If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can become an Australian citizen
  • You can enrol in Medicare- Australia’s public health related care and expenses scheme
  • Travel to and from Australia indefinitely for 5 years



You can stay in Australia permanently and can also apply for Australian citizenship after 12 months in the country. You can also travel to and from Australia  indefinitely for 5 years and this travel component expires after five years from the date the visa has been granted to you. 

If you are in Australia when your visa has been granted to you, your Permanent Residence commences on the same day. If you are outside Australia when the visa has been granted, your PR begins on the day you enter Australia.