New Zealanders who have been in Australia for 4 years or more can directly apply for citizenship. They do not have to apply for and get a permanent residency visa before applying for citizenship in Australia. This is applicable for visa seekers who came here after 26 February 2001 and hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa or SCV. Moreover, those who hold the protected SCV remain eligible to apply directly for citizenship.
Now, the change for citizenship purposes is that all SCV-holding New Zealand citizens will be considered as permanent residents. If the SCV was granted before 1 July 2022, then the PR period will be backdated for the purpose of citizenship.
The slots under the permanent migration program of the Australian government have been set to 190,000. This is again down from 195,000 in the previous year (2022-2023). For migrants looking forward to an increase, this is a disappointing update. However, Net Overseas Migration (NOM), which is a key component of the overall permanent migration is expected to be around 315,000 in 2023–24.
In short, Australia plans to remain an attractive destination for skilled migrants who can boost its economy. This may reflect in both qualitative and quantitative increases in permanent migration visas in future.
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