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New Zealand citizens becoming Australian citizens post COVID-19

Australia and New Zealand have a long history of having free flow of people between the two countries. In fact, when the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 was proclaimed, it is a little know fact that in the definitions it referred to the States as: “The States shall mean…

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Permanent Residency and Citizenship in Australia for New Zealand Citizens

Australia and New Zealand have always had very close ties. Over many decades, thousands of New Zealanders have lived and brought up their families in Australia. However, the ability to obtain permanent residency status and citizenship can be complex. Every New Zealander who travels to Australia is granted a Special…

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Australian citizenship amendments

On 20 April 2017, the Australian Government announced the strengthening of requirements for Australian citizenship. On 18 October 2017, the Government proposed citizenship amendments to the legislation so only applications lodged on and after 1 July 2018 will be assessed against the new criteria, subject to the passage of legislation…

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Can I get Australian citizenship with a criminal record?

The Australian government in recent times is taking a much harder line when it comes to granting citizenship to a person who has a criminal record. It is a requirement that any person applying for citizenship must be of ‘good character’. Good character is not defined in the Citizenship Act…

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New citizenship bill introduced into parliament

A new Bill was introduced into Parliament for its first reading on 17 June 2017 which proposes significant changes to the current Citizenship Act 2007. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 proposes a number of amendments, including proposals to strengthen requirements…

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Australia’s new citizenship requirements

In a sweeping review of Australia’s citizenship requirements Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today (20 April 2017) that there will be a greater emphasis on Australian values, a demonstrated capacity to integrate into the Australian Community, greater English language skills, more detailed evaluation of a person’s criminal record and longer…

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Australia deals with New Zealand to obtain citizenship

New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years or more will get easier access to citizenship under a new deal. An Australian government amnesty will open the door to citizenship for between 60,000 to 100,000 Kiwi expats living and working across the Tasman. The move was…

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Are you a New Zealand citizen interested in Australian citizenship?

If you are a New Zealand citizen in Australia on a Special Category Visa (Subclass 444), you may be able to apply for citizenship. Have you been in Australia since before 26 February 2001? If you entered Australia before the 26th February 2001 on a 444 visa and you have…

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The challenges faced in obtaining credit in Australia as a new migrant

Eastern Financial Solutions (EFS) specialise in looking after the financing needs of new migrants and immigrants who settle in all states of Australia. Borrowing money in Australia may be vastly different to what you have experienced in the past in your home country and being new to Australia does mean…

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Important information for Kiwi’s living in Australia on the Subclass 444 Special Category Visa

As a New Zealand citizen, when you enter Australia you apply for what is known as a Subclass 444 Special Category visa (unless you’ve already applied and have been granted another type of visa). If you’re a Kiwi currently living in Australia on a subclass 444 visa, you should be…

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Are you looking at becoming an Australian Citizen?

When you become an Australian citizen you will be entitled to the same privileges and responsibilities as a person who was born here. There are generally 7 steps you will need to go through to apply for citizenship: Step 1: Make sure you are eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship…

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A Political Push for the Rights of New Zealand citizens living in Australia

There has been a political push in the media recently towards more rights for New Zealand citizens living in Australia. Currently, if you are a Kiwi and enter Australia you will be automatically granted a subclass 444 visa. This is a temporary visa with no expiry date so you can…

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