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Can Australians get a New Zealand permanent resident visa?

Australian citizens and permanent residents may be eligible for a resident visa on arrival to New Zealand. Eligibility for this visa is assessed on arrival to New Zealand; there is no way to apply for it in advance.

Australian resident visa

Australian citizens and permanent residents may qualify for a permanent resident visa (PRV) once they have held a New Zealand resident visa continuously for more than 24 months. They will also need to meet the permanent resident visa criteria.

Permanent resident visa

Please note that resident visas held by Australians expire on departure from New Zealand. This means that travelling in and out of New Zealand can affect the requirement that the resident visa must be held for two years continuously.

If an Australian citizen or permanent resident is in New Zealand holding a resident visa, they can consider making an application for a variation of travel conditions (VOTC). The travel conditions may be granted for 24 months from their last date of arrival into New Zealand as a resident. This allows them to travel in and out of New Zealand without the New Zealand resident visa expiring.

Variation of travel conditions