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Changes to Skilled Independent (subclass 189) New Zealand stream

​​As announced in the October 2022 Budget, the Government is proceeding with priority processing of Skilled Independent (Subclass 189) visa applications in the New Zealand stream. Amendments to the Migration Regulations 1994 have been made to implement the streamlining measures and these amendments commence on 10 December 2022. For more information, see Skilled migration program - Recent changes.

As a complementary measure, those granted a New Zealand stream visa (and their New Zealand citizen family members also granted a Skilled Independent (subclass 189) visa), will have their citizenship pathway expedited from 1 January 2023. For more information, see Eligibility Requirements

These options are designed to more appropriately reflect the close ties our two nations have, and the very positive contribution New Zealanders make to Australia.

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