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  • Australia suspended the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent Visa stream with New Zealand until July 1, 2023


The government of Australia has temporarily suspended the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa stream for nationals of New Zealand. The suspension will remain in place until July 1, 2023.

During the suspension period, the government of Australia will seek to finalize most applications that were submitted before December 10, 2022. The government will also remove the requirement for currently pending applications to meet income and healthcare requirements.

What are the Changes?

The government of Australia has suspended the possibility of submitting applications under the Subclass 189 Skilled Independent visa scheme. According to the government announcement, this measure was taken in order for the country to consider the future of migration and citizenship pathways for New Zealand citizens currently residing in Australia.

Looking Ahead

Continue to check the government of Australia’s website for the latest updates and information.

Written by: Jessie Butchley, Global Immigration Writer, Envoy Global
Source: Australian Government, Department of Home Affairs

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