New Zealand Citizens Living in Australia
If you are a New Zealand citizen, the eligibility for Australian citizenship will depend on whether you have arrived in the country before or after 26 February 2001. On arriving Australia, most citizens of New Zealand automatically get Special Category visa, which is a temporary visa, but allows the visa holder to stay and work in Australia. If you are holder of SCV on or before 26 February 2001, you may be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship.
New Zealand citizens arriving after 26 February 2001 have to apply for and be granted a permanent visa first to obtain Australia citizenship, access social security payments or sponsor their family members for permanent residence. To apply for Australian citizenship, you must: