Australian PR and moving to NZ

Old Dec 14th 2016, 5:28 pm
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Hi,


We have Australian PR visas and are considering moving to NZ.


Can someone confirm the reqirement(s) to get NZ PR?


The way I have read it:
1. Arrive on Aus PR.
2. At arrival airport will get a resident visa
2a. This allows us to stay in NZ indefinitely but if we leave, we loose the resident visa.
3. After 2 (or is it 5) years we can apply for NZ PR.


Questions (assuming above is correct):
a. Under point 3, is there any age restrictions - similar to applying for a points based visa?
b. Under point 2, if we leave within 24 months, but Aus PR is still valid, can we simply return?


Any other useful advise also welcome.
Thanks
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Hi,


We have Australian PR visas and are considering moving to NZ.


Can someone confirm the reqirement(s) to get NZ PR?


The way I have read it:
1. Arrive on Aus PR.
2. At arrival airport will get a resident visa
2a. This allows us to stay in NZ indefinitely but if we leave, we loose the resident visa.
3. After 2 (or is it 5) years we can apply for NZ PR.


Questions (assuming above is correct):
a. Under point 3, is there any age restrictions - similar to applying for a points based visa?
b. Under point 2, if we leave within 24 months, but Aus PR is still valid, can we simply return?


Any other useful advise also welcome.
Thanks
Jon
1. Yes.
2. Assuming you meet the criteria for good character etc then yes you will be given NZ RV with immediate expiry. If you leave, then yes you lose the RV, which answers 2a.
3. After 2 years (24 months) you can apply for PRV. Takes around 3 or 4 working days so long as you meet one of the five criteria.
If you leave the country before securing PRV you lose the RV and any time amassed towards PRV and Citizenship.
Yes if your AUS PR is still valid then you can return to NZ and will again be given NZ RV with immediate expiry and the clock for PRV and Citizenship starts again. You must have held a permanent class NZ visa (for example RV or PRV) continuously for 5 years to be eligible for citizenship.
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Just as a matter of interest, does this apply the other way around? NZPR valid in Australia and, if not, why one way and not the other? (Don't want to go there though, too many spiders and snakes for my liking).
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Just as a matter of interest, does this apply the other way around? NZPR valid in Australia and, if not, why one way and not the other? (Don't want to go there though, too many spiders and snakes for my liking).
No it doesn't apply the other way. In order to be able to live and work in AUS a person from NZ must hold citizenship of NZ.
Don't know why the rules are different the other way. I suppose it's all down to the negotiations surrounding the AUS/NZ reciprocal agreement?
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That is correct, Australian PR can be used in New Zealand but not vice versa.

New Zealand Citizens (but not permanent residents) get what is called a "Special Category Visa" on arrival that allows them to live and work indefinitely here, but they do not get to access benefits like Medicare, Centrelink or CSPs at university. Special Category Visas are not pathways to Aus PR or citizenship.
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