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    Default Thinking of moving to NZ from Australia

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    Hi - we are just in the eary stages of thinking of a move to New Zealand - we are in Perth WA at the moment, we are Aussie Permanent Residents but not citizens - does anyone know if we can just move to New Zealand - I've been told that we can but am unsure - I know Aussie citizens can.

    If we have to apply for NZ permanent residency then I think it may be quicker to wait 18 months & get the Oz citizenship ( we have only been here 6 months).

    Any thoughts / advice gratefully appreciated.

    Disappointed in Oz - too characterless / too much fast food! / too American ,

    Sarah.

    Sarah

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    ....and too many aussies!

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    Interested to see that your in Staffs, UK - we escaped from Uttoxeter in April!

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    Hi Sarah,

    As Australian permanent residents, you have the right to live and work in NZ too.

    (Unless the law changes. )

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    Excellent news - planning a reckie in the new year !

    :P

    This is an excellent site - I think we'll be regular visitors now we have found it!

    Sarah.

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    Hi Sarah

    Welcome to the forum.

    If you have Aussie PR status then you can come and go to NZ at will (unless the rules have been changed recently).

    I see you are from Staffs too. We are between Stafford & Wolverhampton but will be in the manawatu very soon (when house is sold).

    We lived in Oz a few years ago (Darwin) - didn't like it much at all. Like you say - characterless !

    Diny

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    Hi Diny,

    Ah! Stafford, memories of concerts and fairs at Bingley Hall! :

    Ah! Wolverhampton........the first place in the UK to have traffic lights!

    Karl :cool
    (Wolverhampton Uni Old Boy and ex Principle Tech)

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    Me again Diny,

    So where in Staffs?? Come on fess up!!!

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    In order to settle in NZ you have to be Australian Citizen.
    PR is not enough.

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    To quote the NZIS:

    You donít need a visa or permit if youíre:

    an Australian citizen, or Australian resident who holds a current Australian Resident Return Visa.

    So provided Sarah holds a current Australian Resident Return Visa - she is entitled to this as a legal migrant to Australia - she is entitled to live and work in New Zealand too.

    Of course, Sarah, it would be wise to check for how long the Resident Return Visa in your passport will remain valid. If it runs out and you don't yet have NZ citizenship or an entitlement to remain here by virtue of arranging a work permit, you might have a problem. So I'd check up on how long your ARRV will remain valid. :smile

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