Skilled Independent (New Zealand Stream) (Subclass 189) Visa

Permanent Residency for New Zealanders in Australia

New Zealand Stream 189 Visa

The Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (New Zealand) stream is for New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa holders who have shown a commitment and contribution to Australia to apply for permanent residence.

New Zealand citizens who are granted this permanent visa will be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship after 12 months (in addition to holding a Special Category visa for a period of five consecutive years).

If you are not a New Zealand citizen you may be eligible to apply for the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) (Points-tested) stream

Permanent Residence

After a period apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.


Sponsor Family

sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence


Work and study in Australia

Obtain full work and study rights


Skilled Independent (New Zealand Stream) (Subclass 189) Visa

To be eligible for the Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) stream, at the time of application you must:

  • hold a Special Category (subclass 444) visa
  • have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of five years immediately prior to application, and have commenced that period of usual residence on or before 19 February 2016
  • have a taxable income at or above an income threshold ($53 900) for 3 out of the last 5 years  (unless claiming an exemption).
  • meet mandatory health, character and national security checks
  • lodge a visa application and pay the relevant visa application charges

You can include the following people in your visa application:

  • your partner
  • your child/step-child or your partner’s child/step-child.

These members of the family unit:

  • must meet mandatory health, character  and national security checks
  • can hold any visa

The income threshold for the Independent Skilled 189 (New Zealand) stream is set at the same level as the Temporary Skilled Migration Income Threshold (TSMIT). A summary of the Income threshold for the past five years can be found in the following table.

Financial yearIncome threshold for Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) Stream
  • stay in Australia indefinitely
  • work and study in Australia
  • enrol in Medicare, Australia’s scheme for healthelated care and expenses
  • sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
  • travel to and from Australia for five years
  • apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible.

AUD4,045, for the main applicant. The visa application charge is paid in two instalments (20% at time of lodgement and 80% as a second instalment before we can grant the visa.)

There is no age requirements for this stream 

You must be in Australia when you apply for the visa.

Application process

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Step 2

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Step 3

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