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New Pathway for Kiwis to secure an Australian Permanent Residency Visa

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  • The pathway for kiwis to secure Australian permanent residency was made easier last year.

    The new approach will (likely) be available from 1st July 2017 for New Zealand citizens:

    • Who arrived between 26 February 2001 and 19 February 2016.
    • Who have been resident in Australia for the five years immediately prior to visa application.
    • Who earn over $53,900 + super per year (as demonstrated through income tax returns (Notices of Assessment) for the period of residence.
    • Who meet the mandatory health, character and security checks.

    This pathway is likely to go ahead next year, so closer to July 2017, and we suggest that you get in contact with us in April, May or June 2017 to arrange same.

    This will be especially important if you have any criminal record (even if it stems from a traffic matter such as unlicensed driving).

    Indeed any visa holder with any sort of criminal record should seek advice ASAP because the Australian Immigration Department (DIBP) is cancelling kiwi residency visas and even PR Visas, where the visa holder has a criminal record of 12 months (suspended or not) even if the criminal event occurred decades ago, and even where cancellation means the kiwi has to leave his Australian wife and kids behind.

    One recent example – in 1995, the visa holder, who was 18 years old at the time, bought a $50 bad of speed, which he shared with two mates – he was sentenced to 12 months’ jail (wholly suspended meaning he did not spend one day inside) for possession. He came to Australia in 2001 to raise his family here and just last year was issued with a notice that the Australian immigration department had cancelled his visa, and required him to leave Australia, irrespective of the fact he shares the custody of his 13 year old Australian born son with his ex-wife.

    If it can happen to him, then it can happen to anyone, and the important thing to do is to act quickly before the DIBP issue any notices.

    If you have a record, then you need to be pre-emptive about preserving your right to live in Australia  – so do not wait for immigration officers to knock on the door, or a show cause DIBP letter to arrive.

    The Migration Place is a well-established, respected and Award winning Migration Law Firm which offers fixed competitive prices, and the proven ability to secure waivers of criminal records, health issues, age, language and other requirements.

    If you have any “wrinkles” that need to be ironed out in your application, then we can help you – just call us on +61 7 3229 4025 or email us on