Special Category Visa
A Special Category Visa is a type of Australian visa granted to most New Zealand citizens on arrival in Australia. New Zealand Citizens may then reside in Australia temporarily under the Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement.
The Special Category Visa was introduced on 1 September 1994 by the Migration Regulations 1994. It is known as a subclass 444 visa. Prior to 1 September 1994, New Zealanders were generally treated as exempt non citizens in Australia.
Most New Zealanders are eligible for a Special Category Visa (SCV) except:
- those with significant health problems or criminal records
- those who hold temporary or permanent Australian visas
- those who arrive in Australia using another passport (e.g. if holding dual nationality). In this case an SCV can be obtained at a Department of Immigration office in Australia upon production of a valid New Zealand passport
- those who arrive for specified purposes, such as diplomats and visiting forces, who are normally granted a special purpose visa.
- Trans-Tasman Travel Arrangement
- Australian nationality law
- New Zealand nationality law
- Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa
- Temporary protection visa
- "Fact Sheet 17 - New Zealanders in Australia". Department of Immigration and Citizenship. Retrieved 15 April 2008.