Visa on Arrival into Australia

Who can get a Visa on Arrival into Australia?

A Visa on Arrival is quite common for Visitors to many countries, but Australia is not a country that allows this. Unless you are a New Zealand citizen.

Every other Nationality requires a pre arranged visa for entry into Australia.

The current statement on the Australian Immigration website is:

New Zealand citizens do not need to apply for a visa before coming to Australia. If you are eligible, we will grant you a Special Category visa (subclass 444) (SCV) when you arrive.

The SCV is not a permanent visa, it is a single entry, temporary visa that ends when you leave Australia. SCV holders do not have the same rights and benefits as Australian citizens or permanent residents.

Although the SCV allows you to visit, study, stay and work in Australia, it is a temporary visa.

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An application on entry for this visa does not guarantee a grant.  There are various reasons for a New Zealand citizen to be refused entry.

To get an SCV, you must not be a behaviour concern non-citizen or a health concern non-citizen.

If you wish to have a secure stay in Australia you should consider applying for a permanent visa, followed by a Citizenship application.

Note: A New Zealand Permanent Resident is not the same as a New Zealand citizen.  They would need a visa for Australia, in the same way as any other person travelling on a foreign passport.

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The information we give is based on personal experiences, reading and formulation of available statistics.
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