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Australian Citizenship Visa

Australian Citizenship Visa

If you are an Australian resident, you need to have certain visas to be able to leave and re-enter Australia, such as Permanent Resident visa and Resident Return Visa. The Permanent Resident Visa permits a non-Australian national to be a resident and live in Australia for an indefinite number of years, while the Resident Return Visa is the kind of visa an Australian resident needs to hold if he will leave Australia to travel. Returning visa permits an Australian resident of Australian re-entry.

If you are an Australian resident and you have become an Australian citizen, every Australian visa you are holding ceases its function as it is one of the rights of a citizen. What you have to apply now for you to be able to leave and enter the country is an Australian passport. If you are a dual citizen and have two passports from Australia and another country, what you will use in leaving Australia is the passport issued to you, as well as when you enter Australia after the travel. An Australian passport is the conclusive proof of an Australian citizen when leaving the country.

Visas and Cancellation of Australian Citizenship

When there is a cancellation or cease of your Australian citizenship during travel or while overseas, you cannot enter Australia due to your status as non-citizen or ex-citizen. Therefore, you are now required to get a different kind of visa. When you cease your Australian citizenship outside Australia’s premises, then you automatically become a holder of ex-citizen visa. However, due to your status, you cannot just enter Australia, unlike when you were still a citizen. Hence, you need to acquire a Resident Return Visa before you can enter Australia.

Visas and Travel

If you are an Australian citizen travelling to another country, you must determine if the country you are visiting requires a visa before entry. Similar to Australia where a visa is required from visiting tourists, other countries might have the same requirement as well. Take note that although a number of countries do not require a visa from people holding Australian passport, there are also a number of countries that require more than just an Australian passport when you enter their premises. Before the travel, plan ahead and determine if the country you are visiting requires a visa or not, and if it does, check with its Immigration, Department of Foreign Affairs, or Tourism Office the requirements needed to be able to acquire for a visitor’s visa.

444 - Special Category New Zealand Citizen Visa

It is a temporary visa provided to the citizens of New Zealand on their arrival to AUSTRALIA. It was introduced on 1 September 1994 by the migration regulations 1994 and prior to that it was generally treated as exempt non-citizens in Australia. Under this visa, New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for permanent residency to live in Australia if they are eligible for a special category visa.


The citizens of New Zealand are allowed to study, work, visit or live in Australia with this visa. The applicant who is a New Zealand citizen, presents a valid New Zealand passport, completed incoming passenger card and meets specific health and character requirements and gets the visa on arrival to Australia.


There are no processing fees for applying this visa but there are few formalities to follow and complete. There are few documents to be maintained at the time of applying the visa. Those with criminal records, health problems, who hold temporary or permanent Australian visas, holding dual nationality or those who arrive for specific purpose such as diplomats, visiting forces etc are exempted from this visa. Its an applicant who has to make necessary arrangements for the certificates or tests like health assessments, police certificates etc.  Once the visa is granted, the authorities inform the applicant verbally or through an email or letter stating the date the visa starts, visa grant number and other conditions attached to the visa. In the same manner, if the visa is rejected, they inform the applicant verbally or in an email or letter stating the reason why the visa has been refused.


This visa has no expiry date which means it will remain valid as long as a person remains as a New Zealand citizen. But still it is a temporary visa which means it will cease when a person leaves Australia. A new visa will be issued to the person next time when he returns to Australia.


An applicant who is applying for this visa should hold the citizenship of New Zealand and must be holding a valid New Zealand passport. A person should not be a behavior concern non-citizens and health concern non-citizen. Behavior concern non-citizen refers to a person who is convicted of one or more crimes resulting in his imprisonment, if he is previously removed from Australia or is being deported from any other country. A health concern non-citizen means a person having TB or had TB previously or is suspected to have TB. An applicant has to get all the clearance documents from the concerned authorities for not being a Behavior concern non-citizens and health concern non-citizen.

If any sub-classes available

There are no subclasses on this visa except one, which itself is not a subclass but another visa accompanied with this for a family member of the applicant who wants to visit Australia.

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