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New Zealanders in Australia granted direct pathway to citizenship: what you need to know

New Zealanders in Australia granted direct pathway to citizenship: what you need to know

New Zealanders who have lived in Australia for at least four years and meet the standard Australian citizenship criteria will be able to become Austr

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New Zealanders who have lived in Australia for at least four years and meet the standard Australian citizenship criteria will be able to become Australian citizens, giving them access to the same services and benefits as Australians. This pathway will be available from July 1 and is retrospective, meaning those who have been in Australia since 2001 can apply for citizenship directly without gaining permanent residence first. The cost to apply is $490 AUD, and there is no minimum income or health requirement. The change will also allow Kiwi children born in Australia to become citizens at birth. Prime Minister Chris Hipkins welcomed the change and said New Zealanders were some of Australia’s most valuable migrants who work hard and deserve a fair go.

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