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I’m sure other people may have asked the same questions, but I would like to hear from New Zealand citizens that moved over to Aus. We’ve been living in NZ for 4+ years now, got our Citizenship, but strongly consider moving to Aus (Perth or Adelaide).

Would you advice getting Aus PR or is it easy enough living in Aus only with NZ Citizenship? Do you have any advantages living as a NZ citizen in Aus, or is it important to consider PR?

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New Zealand citizens can apply for Australian PR at any travel agents or overseas airline office in New Zealand.

The cost of PR is the same as a one-way ticket to Australia.

In order to qualify for PR in Australia, if you're a New Zealand citizen, your feet must touch Australia. Once you can psyche yourself to step off the plane at an Australian airport, you are deemed permanently resident in Australia.

The waiting period for PR is how quickly you can scramble to the airport in New Zealand and touch down in Australia.

Since New Zealand and Australia both have similar health care systems, you are covered by Australia's Medicare straight away.

Clear as mud???

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Aaaahhh!!!!, this is very similar to a question that I need to ask as well.

My daughter is applying for her NZ citizenship as her Dad was a Kiwi and we lived in NZ for 4 years, I have been dealing direct with NZ Immigration Department in Wellington, who are an absolute pleasure to deal with. They are waiting for all her necessary documents (she is still in SA with hubby and 2 teenagers), once they have all her docs together and she has paid to get her NZ citizen ship on paper, they will then send her application to their Passport Division and then simply issue her Passport from New Zealand.

My query is this,................., once she has all her peas in a pod, and she then is ready to start making a move out of SA, what happens with Hubby and children. Must an visa application be done for him and the children separately? Are they able to come into Aussie as a PR applicant like her?

Does she have to live a time period in NZ first before coming here to Auz?

I am sure that this is going to be a shorter and better process to go about instead of applying for PR from SA. If she has the descent application, why not, they must go for it, right?.............

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NZ citizens may come to Australia and will be issued a Special category Visa on arrival when they present their NZ passport to enter Australia. They can remain in Aus indefinitely on the special category visa but wont automatically be Permanent Residents.

Have a look at the Immigration website at http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/17nz.htm for a more detailed explanation about the position of NZ residents coming to Australia.

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NZ citizens may come to Australia and will be issued a Special category Visa on arrival when they present their NZ passport to enter Australia. They can remain in Aus indefinitely on the special category visa but wont automatically be Permanent Residents.

Have a look at the Immigration website at http://www.immi.gov.au/media/fact-sheets/17nz.htm for a more detailed explanation about the position of NZ residents coming to Australia.

Thanks for all the responses.

Hi Willem, thanks for the website. Things that I’m unsure of are like what privileges will NZ citizens not get? Things like when the kids go to university, will they be seen as International students? Medicare? Pension? Is the first time home owner grant (not sure what they call it) still there? And would NZ citizens be able to apply for it? I would like to know about personal experiences about applying for PR or just keep on living on your Special category Visa? Is it worth while to pay the extra money to get PR again?

Thx

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Mariette,

I suggest you have a look at the relevant websites to get accurate info rather than to rely on what people tell you on the forum.

1. For how to get PR check out the immigration website at the link given previously.

2. For Medicare look at http://www.medicareaustralia.gov.au/public...w-residents.jsp (you'll see that NZ citizens do qualify for Medicare)

3. For student matters look www.goingtouni@gov.au

(You will see in paragraph 2.2 of the following document that NZ student qualify for Commonwealth supported places at uni http://www.goingtouni.gov.au/NR/rdonlyres/...okletforGTU.pdf )

This basically means that you are not regarded as an international student and pay reduced rates, although you dont qualify for HECS (only Aussie citizens do).

4. Pension (I assume you mean Super) - Not sure what the question is but everyone in Aus contributes to a Super fund.

5. For First Homeowner Grant look at http://www.facs.gov.au/internet/facsintern...s_fhob_info.htm

The website clearly explains who qualifies for this.

If these websites dont answer all your questions, just give the relevant authorities a call and get a straight answer from them - I would rely on that info much more than what someone on this forum gives to me. I dont distrust the people on the forum, I just think it is much better to get such important info from the experts.

Good luck.

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Thanks Willem,

I like to have facts, and the websites you gave is very helpful. It gives me the starting point to what I'm looking for. I think I'll find most of the answers now.

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Enrolled my son at the state school today, his TOTAL fees for the year is only $450. That is with extra fees for specialised subjects included. Compare that with International student fees. Thank goodness for that NZ passport!

ps daai SAKiwi klink so bekend. Ken ek jou???

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Aaaahhh!!!!, this is very similar to a question that I need to ask as well.

My daughter is applying for her NZ citizenship as her Dad was a Kiwi and we lived in NZ for 4 years, I have been dealing direct with NZ Immigration Department in Wellington, who are an absolute pleasure to deal with. They are waiting for all her necessary documents (she is still in SA with hubby and 2 teenagers), once they have all her docs together and she has paid to get her NZ citizen ship on paper, they will then send her application to their Passport Division and then simply issue her Passport from New Zealand.

My query is this,................., once she has all her peas in a pod, and she then is ready to start making a move out of SA, what happens with Hubby and children. Must an visa application be done for him and the children separately? Are they able to come into Aussie as a PR applicant like her?

Does she have to live a time period in NZ first before coming here to Auz?

I am sure that this is going to be a shorter and better process to go about instead of applying for PR from SA. If she has the descent application, why not, they must go for it, right?.............

Your daughter can apply for New Zealand citizenship, by the sounds of it, since her dad was a New Zealander.

Once she gets a New Zealand passport, she can go and live in New Zealand without any worries.

Also, she can live and settle in Australia like New Zealanders have done so since colonial times without any dramas.

I think you just need a New Zealand passport nowadays, so that the Australian immigration boys can see who is coming into Australia from NZ.

Years ago, you didn't even need that. You just booked a flight and landed, stepping off the plane from NZ as an honorary Aussie, able to vote after 6 months residency in Australia!

Things are getting tighter nowadays.

Anyhow, NZ citizens aren't Australian citizens, for all that.

She cannot automatically bring into Australia overseas relatives and family who aren't New Zealanders. Only she can come without a visa.

She will have to put in a special application and pay lots of money to have any overseas family live with her in Australia.

I've heard of New Zealanders coming straight from the UK with a British wife, but she had to come on a temp visa and then apply for PR once here, costing a bit more than an Aussie would pay.

An Australian citizen is able to bring their family in and then apply for PR for them here in Australia, but with NZ citizens it's not automatic, since they aren't citizens of Australia.

I believe there is a special provision for New Zealand citizens with overseas family into Australia, but you'd have to check up with the Australian High Commission in Pretoria on the details or look into the website.

She could probably take everyone to New Zealand and apply for PR for them there, but New Zealand has its own rules and regulations about who is let in there.

You'd have to check.

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