Information about Australian Resident Visa

Australian citizens and permanent residents can visit, work and live in New Zealand. You do not need a visa before travelling to New Zealand and will be granted a New Zealand resident visa on arrival.

Overview

Overview

Length of stay

Indefinite


You can

  • Visit, live, work, and study in New Zealand.
  • Travel to New Zealand without first applying for a visa as long as you meet the character and entry permission requirements.

Things to note

  • Australian temporary residents are not eligible for this visa.
  • You can only apply for this visa when you arrive in New Zealand – you can’t apply for it before you travel.
  • If you leave New Zealand your resident visa will expire - you can apply for a variation of travel conditions to allow you travel without affecting your New Zealand residence status. 
  • From 1 October 2019, if you are an Australian permanent resident you must hold an NZeTA (New Zealand Electronic Travel Authority) before you travel.

NZeTA

Criteria

Meeting the criteria

The criteria and evidence below will provide you with the information you need to meet the requirements.

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Identity

You must provide proof of your identity

We use your passport details to check your identity.

Australian immigration status

You must be an Australian citizen or permanent resident

We’ll use your passport to check your Australian citizenship or immigration status.

If you have a valid Australian passport, use it to travel to New Zealand.

Otherwise you can use a foreign passport that confirms you’re both an Australian permanent resident, and hold either:

  • a valid Australian Permanent Resident Visa
  • a valid Australian Resident Return Visa.

Australia temporary residents aren’t eligible for this visa.

If your Australian Permanent Resident or Resident Return Visa has been issued electronically, it’s a good idea to check your visa is linked to the passport you’ll be travelling on. You can do this by contacting the Australian immigration authorities.

Character

You must be of good character

When you complete your arrival card, you’ll be asked some questions about your character.
You may not meet our good character requirements if any of the following apply:

  • you have a criminal conviction,
  • you have been deported, removed or excluded from another country.
  • we have reason to believe you may be a risk to New Zealand’s security, public order or public interest.

Good character

People who may be considered a risk to New Zealand’s security, public order or public interest, include those who are registered sex offenders or associated with a gang.

If we have reason to believe you’re not of good character, we can stop you from travelling to New Zealand at check-in, or refuse you entry permission when you get here.

If you aren’t sure you’ll meet our requirements for good character, you should apply for a visa before coming to New Zealand.

Process

Process

The information below will help you understand the process so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Fees & receiving centre

Fees & receiving centre

The information below will help you understand the process, timeframes and costs involved in applying for this visa, so you can plan ahead and have the best chance of submitting a complete application.

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Conditions

Conditions

These are the conditions that you must meet.

Entry permission

You must apply for entry permission when you arrive in New Zealand. You can do this by completing an arrival card, which you are given on the way to New Zealand.

Arriving in New Zealand

You can be refused entry permission if:

  • you don’t meet our character requirements
  • you refuse to let us to take your photo or to provide us with your fingerprints or an iris scan, if asked for them.
  • You provide  false or misleading information in a visa application, to an immigration officer or on any part of your arrival card

If you are refused entry to New Zealand

Travel

You can travel to and from New Zealand as often as you wish, but each time you leave New Zealand your Resident Visa will expire.

You can apply for a resident visa each time you arrive in New Zealand, but your New Zealand residence won’t be considered continuous.

This can be important if you later want to:

  • apply for a Permanent Resident Visa 
  • apply for New Zealand Citizenship
  • sponsor a resident visa application for a parent who is not an Australian permanent resident or citizen.

If you want your New Zealand residence to be considered continuous, you can apply for a variation of travel conditions before you leave New Zealand. This will allow you to travel to and from New Zealand without affecting your New Zealand residence status.

Application from a Resident or Former Resident Visa Holder for a permanent resident visa, second or subsequent resident visa, or a variation of travel conditions (INZ 1175)

Work

You can work in any occupation for any employer in New Zealand.

Study

You can study in New Zealand.