Skilled Independent Visa - New Zealand Stream

The New Zealand stream of the Skilled – Independent visa allows New Zealanders who have shown a commitment and contribution to Australia to live and work here on a permanent basis. If you wish to apply for this visa under the New Zealand stream, you must hold a subclass 444 Special Category visa, have resided in Australia for at least 5 years, and meet the income threshold requirements. Your period of usual residence MUST have commenced on or before 19 February 2016.



At the time that you lodge your visa application, you must:
  • hold a Special Category visa (subclass 444)
  • have been usually resident in Australia for a continuous period of at least 5 years immediately prior to your application. Your period of usual residence MUST have commenced on or before 19 February 2016.

 You must also:
  • have had a taxable income at or above the minimum income threshold for EACH income year in the five years immediately prior to your application. You MAY be exempt from this requirement if you were unable to meet the income threshold for any given period because you were on parental/carer's leave; or you were receiving compensation for an injury; or you were unable to return to New Zealand due to a Family Court primary care order. Please contact us for more information about the minimum income threshold for the relevant years and this requirement exemption.
  • meet the relevant health and character requirements.

Helping you, helping others

Migration Plus adds value to the community in which it works. At least 5% of our profit goes towards our contributions to what we call Step Up and Reach Out which assists selected young people from Australia and around the world who choose to improve their position in life through education and learning. Read more

Registration and regulatory information

Migration Plus is a long established, Australian based privately owned independent immigration consultancy with a team of highly skilled OMARA Registered Migration Agents who represent our clients from around the world.  Migration Plus provides fee-based services in addition to the official Government application fees and disbursements to advise, assist and represent our clients through the complex visa application process.

All decisions for granting of a visa remain with the Australian Government, subject to lodging a valid application using the forms or electronic lodgement systems available on the Government website and meeting the relevant criteria. Migration Plus is not affiliated with the Australian Government.  We act independently in assisting and representing our clients interests, we advocate for our clients. The Australian Government registers Migration Agents – all our Agents are registered under that system.  We are also licensed to provide Continuing Professional Development to Migration Agents and we belong to the Migration Institute of Australia.  We take great pride and offer exceptional professionalism in helping you achieve your immigration goal.