189 Visa New Zealand Stream

189 Visa New Zealand Stream

Subclass 189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: With this visa you can

  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Australia’s public health care scheme, Medicare
  • sponsor your relatives to come to Australia
  • travel to and from Australia for 5 years
  • if eligible, become an Australian citizen

Newly arrived residents may have to wait before they can access certain Australian Government payments and benefits.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: How long you can stay

This is a permanent visa. It lets you stay in Australia indefinitely. The 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) has a travel component that expires 5 years after the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) grant date.

For citizenship purposes, your permanent residence starts:

  • on the day you are granted the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) if you are in Australia
  • on the day you enter Australia on the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream), if you are outside Australia

Include family

You can include members of the family unit in your application. You can:

  • include them when you lodge your visa application
  • add them after you lodge your application but before the Department of Home Affairs decide on your visa.

Family members who apply for the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) must meet health and character requirements.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Cost

The 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) costs AUD4045 for the main applicant.

There is also a charge for each family member who applies for the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) with you.

The 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) application charges are paid in two instalments. The first instalment is 20% of the total visa application charge payable at time of lodgement. The second instalment is the remaining 80% of the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) application charge. The second charge must be paid before the Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs grant you your visa.

To work out what your visa will cost use the Visa Pricing Estimator.

You might also have to pay other costs for health checks, police certificates and biometrics.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Apply from

You must be in Australia and holding a Subclass 444 visa when you apply for the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream).

Any family members included in your application can be in or outside of Australia when you apply. However, if they are in Australia, they must hold a substantive visa or bridging A, B or C visa.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Processing times

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

    • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
    • how quickly you respond to any requests for additional information
    • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
    • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to health, character, and national security requirements
    • for permanent migration visa applications, how many places are available in the migration program

 

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Your obligations

You and your family members must obey all Australian laws.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Travel

You can travel in and out of Australia as many times as you want for 5 years from the date you are granted the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream). After 5 years you will need a Resident Return (RRV) visa (subclass 155 or 157) to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Visa label

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will digitally link your visa to your passport. You will not get a label in your passport.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Satisfy the income requirement

Your taxable income as shown on your Notice of Assessment, issued by the Australian Taxation Office, for each of the 4 completed financial years before you apply for this visa must be at, or above, the minimum income threshold listed in the relevant regulatory instrument for that income year.

The income thresholds and exemptions are specified by the legislative instrument.

The case officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t accept amounts below the threshold unless you show the department of Home Affairs evidence that an exemption applies.

Claim an income exemption

If you want to claim an exemption from the income requirement, you must still submit your ATO Notices of Assessment.

Family Court/parenting plan exemption

You can claim an exemption from the income requirement if you can’t leave Australia because the Family Court of Australia has given you primary care of a child and you are not allowed to take the child out of the country.

 

Compensation claim exemption

You can claim an exemption to the income requirement if you:

  • are being compensated for an injury that prevents you earning the income threshold, and
  • the compensation (or your rehabilitation) would cease if you returned to New Zealand

Parental or carer’s leave waiver

You can claim an exemption to the income requirement if you:

  • are on approved parental or carer’s leave, and
  • earned no less than the income threshold immediately before you went on leave, and
  • have (or are going to) resume earning an income no less than the income threshold

Income exemptions you can’t claim

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs can’t consider other exemption claims.

The grounds for an income exemption are set by legislation. Examples of ineligible claims include but are not limited to:

  • Salary sacrifice arrangements
  • Part time work arrangements associated with childcare or other carer responsibilities
  • Resigning from work in lieu of taking approved leave
  • Combining incomes to satisfy the income threshold
  • Injuries and associated time off of work that are not linked to a compensation claim
  • Financial hardship including self-employment
  • Redundancy

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Have this visa

You must hold a New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa, for your visa application to be processed.

For their visa applications to be processed, your family members in Australia must hold one of the following visa types when they lodge their application.

  • a substantive visa
  • subclass 010 Bridging A visa
  • subclass 020 Bridging B visa
  • subclass 030 Bridging C visa

When you lodge your application, your family members outside Australia don’t need to hold a visa.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Meet health requirement

 

You and any family members who apply for the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) with you must meet health requirement. Family members not accompanying you to Australia may also need to meet the health requirement.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Meet character requirement

You and family members aged 16 years and over who apply for the 189 Visa (New Zealand Stream) with you must meet character requirement.

The Australian immigration officers at the Department of Home Affairs will also need other family members not accompanying you to Australia to meet the requirement.

Lived in Australia for 5 years

You must have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately before the date of your application.

The place that a person is ‘usually resident’ is assessed by considering their physical residence (where the person eats, sleeps, has a home) and the person’s intention to make that place their home.

The continuous period of usual residence in Australia must have started on or before 19 February 2016.

189 Visa New Zealand Stream – Skilled Independent Visa: Sign the Australian values statement

If you are 18 years of age or older, you must:

Have paid back your debt to the Australian government

 

If you owe the Australian Government money, you must have paid it back or have a formal arrangement to pay it back.

Not have had a visa cancelled or a previous application refused

 

You might not be eligible for this visa if you have had a visa cancelled or refused while you were in Australia. Check if visa cancellation affects your eligibility.

 

Source: https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/getting-a-visa/visa-listing/skilled-independent-189/new-zealand#Overview