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Australian citizenship pathway opens

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 29/06/2017

Kiwis who have made their lives in Australia will be able to apply for permanent residency and citizenship from Saturday.

The Pathway to Citizenship, announced by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull last year, is open for anyone who arrived across the Tasman between February 26, 2001 and February 16 last year.

The steps will give New Zealanders the same rights as Australians but won't mean giving up their Kiwi citizenship, Prime Minister Bill English says.

"The pathway provides eligible Kiwis the chance to regularise their status in Australia and help ensure their partners and children can play a full part in Australian life," he said.

Applicants can first apply for permanent residency and then citizenship after one year if they meet specific requirements including holding a Special Category visa, having been a resident for at least five continuous years, and meeting income, health, character and national security checks.

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