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    Default Can I work in New Zealand

    Hello,
    I am an Australian male 58 years young and I am married to a New Zealander, we have two children 7 and 9. My wife is university educated with a horticultural degree and a qulified landscape architect. I work in local government ( over 10 years) as a sub divisional and development co ordinator. My wife has all her family in New Zealand and is very homesick and wishes to return home. My question is can I work in New Zealand and ulitmatly reside permanantly.
    Thank you for your help.

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    If you are an Australian citizen/passport holder, you can live and work in NZ right now, without any further formality. Arriving in NZ, you can state that you are coming there to live, and be given Residence. Then, a minimum of two years later, you can have qualified for Permanent Residence. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...quirements.htm

    http://www.dol.govt.nz/immigration/k...base/item/1068
    http://www.dol.govt.nz/immigration/k...base/item/5323

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    Quote Originally Posted by JandM View Post
    If you are an Australian citizen/passport holder, you can live and work in NZ right now, without any further formality. Arriving in NZ, you can state that you are coming there to live, and be given Residence. Then, a minimum of two years later, you can have qualified for Permanent Residence. http://www.immigration.govt.nz/migra...quirements.htm

    http://www.dol.govt.nz/immigration/k...base/item/1068
    http://www.dol.govt.nz/immigration/k...base/item/5323
    Hi JandM,

    Is it same for New Zealand residents (not Passport Holders)? i.e. Can they live/Work in Australia?

    Regards,
    Ankur

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ankur View Post
    Hi JandM,

    Is it same for New Zealand residents (not Passport Holders)? i.e. Can they live/Work in Australia?

    Regards,
    Ankur
    No. (Not without some form of additional authority from Oz.)

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    As G-Mo says, no. A NZ Resident doesn't have any more rights when going to Australia than any other foreigner. Even a NZ citizen doesn't have equal rights in Australia with Australian nationals. If you're interested in going to Australia, you need to look at the Australian Immigration website for their requirements.

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    Thanks G-Mo and JandM for the clarifications.

    Regards,
    Ankur

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    NZ citizens who have no medical or criminal reasons for their exclusion are granted a "special category visa" upon arrival in Australia. You declare yourself healthy and with no criminal convictions resulting in more than 12 months of incarcerated time: they run your criminal records in their computers upon arrival regardless.

    You can work and live in Australia indefinitely, but you cannot become a permanent resident (or therefore citizen) unless you go subsequently through one of the other routes (family class, skilled migrant, entrepreneur, among others). You cannot collect most social benefits, even though you'll pay the same taxation rates as Australian residents. If you have children while in Australia they will not be granted Australian citizenship by birth. If there's a natural disaster, your Aussie neighbours will be eligible for much more assistance than you.



    Quote Originally Posted by JandM View Post
    As G-Mo says, no. A NZ Resident doesn't have any more rights when going to Australia than any other foreigner. Even a NZ citizen doesn't have equal rights in Australia with Australian nationals. If you're interested in going to Australia, you need to look at the Australian Immigration website for their requirements.

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