Special Category visa (subclass 444)

The Special Category Visa (SCV) Subclass 444 is a temporary visa designed for New Zealand citizens who wish to visit, study, work, and stay in Australia. This visa offers a range of opportunities for New Zealand citizens and can even lead to permanent residency under certain conditions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes, family members need to make their own SCV application. They must demonstrate their New Zealand citizenship by presenting a valid New Zealand passport and completing an incoming passenger card.

If you leave Australia, your visa will cease. You will need to apply for a new SCV if you wish to return.

In some cases, you may be able to apply after entering Australia. For example, if you became a New Zealand citizen after entering, entered on a non-New Zealand passport, entered on another temporary visa, or had a New Zealand citizen baby born in Australia. The grant date of the SCV will be the date of the decision in such cases.

It is recommended to have health insurance to cover unforeseen medical treatment in Australia, as you may be liable for your healthcare costs. However, some countries have reciprocal healthcare agreements with Australia.

No, if you leave Australia, the visa will cease, and you must apply for a new SCV upon your return.

If you hold a permanent visa with a valid travel facility, you should inform authorities that you do not require an SCV. Failure to do so may impact your eligibility for a Resident Return visa in the future.

Currently, there are no frequently asked questions available for the Aged Dependent Relative Visa (Subclass 114).