What is an eligible New Zealand citizen?

An Eligible New Zealand Citizen (ENZC) is a person who is defined as a ‘protected SCV’ holder under the Social Security Act 1991. Protected SCV holders are those who arrived in Australia on a New Zealand passport and were:

  • in Australia on 26 February 2001
  • in Australia for 12 months in the 2 years immediately before this date
  • assessed as protected SCV holders before 26 February 2004.

An ENZC can sponsor family members for an Australian permanent visa.