You are an Eligible New Zealand Citizen if you are a New Zealand citizen who at the time of your last entry to Australia would have met your health and character checks and:
- held a Subclass 444 (Special Category) visa on 26 February 2001
- held a Subclass 444 visa that was in force for at least one year in the two years before 26 February 2001, or
- has a certificate, issued under the Social Security Act 1991, that states the citizen, for the purposes of the Social Security Act, was residing in Australia on a particular date (Centrelink stopped accepting applications for these certificates on 26 February 2004).
An eligible New Zealand citizen can:
- sponsor family members for an Australian permanent visa
- access certain social security payments
- obtain Australian citizenship.