Special Category Visa


The Special Category visa (subclass 444) is a temporary visa that lets you stay and work in Australia as long as you remain a New Zealand citizen.
The Special Category visa is a temporary visa and you do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens or permanent residents. If you are seeking to become an Australian permanent resident, there are a range of visa options available to you that you can apply for in and outside Australia. Alternatively, you might choose to explore the option of applying for Australian Citizenship.



You might be able to get this visa on your arrival to Australia if you:

  • are a New Zealand citizen and you do not hold another visa
  • present a New Zealand passport that is in force
  • are not a behaviour concern non-citizen or health concern non-citizen.
  • present a completed incoming passenger card
  • meet specific health and character requirements.


What does this Visa allow you to do?

This visa allows you to:

  • enter and stay in Australia and
  • work and study in Australia.


How long does this Visa last for?

The Special Category visa is valid from time of grant (usually upon arrival to Australia) to time of departure from Australia, so long as you remain a New Zealand citizen while you are the holder of the visa. The validity of a Special Category visa ceases when you leave Australia. You need to apply for a new Special Category visa each time you arrive in Australia.

If you are seeking to apply for and be granted a Special Category visa on arrival to Australia you must, on every arrival to Australia, meet the eligibility criteria to be granted this visa.


For further information on special category visa or other Immigration matters or Visa queries, please contact jstone@nevile.com.au

Source: https://www.homeaffairs.gov.au/trav/visa-1/444-