Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa New Zealand Stream

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa in New Zealand Stream

Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa (New Zealand Stream)

How can you apply for Skilled Independent Subclass 189 visa in New Zealand Stream

Skilled Independent (New Zealand Stream) (Subclass 189) visa

From 1 July 2021, the income requirement to assist New Zealand Special Category (subclass 444) visa holders to meet their requirements for the Skilled Independent (New Zealand Stream) (subclass 189) visa will be updated.

While applicants will still be required to demonstrate a taxable income at or above the amount specified in the relevant legislative instrument, from 1 July 2021 they will only have to provide evidence for 3 completed income years out of the 5 years immediately before applying. One of the 3 income years must be the most recently completed income year. Evidence should be provided in the form of a Notice of Assessment from the Australian Taxation Office. 

Applications submitted before 1 July 2021 will still need to provide the 4 most recently completed income years.

Claim an income exemption

If you want to claim an exemption from the income requirement, you must still submit your ATO Notices of Assessment.

Family Court/parenting plan exemption

You can claim an exemption from the income requirement if you can't leave Australia because the Family Court of Australia has given you primary care of a child and you are not allowed to take the child out of the country.

Compensation claim exemption

You can claim an exemption to the income requirement if you are being compensated for an injury that prevents you earning the income threshold, and the compensation (or your rehabilitation) would cease if you returned to New Zealand.

Parental or carer's leave waiver

You can claim an exemption to the income requirement if you are on approved parental or carer's leave, and earned no less than the income threshold immediately before you went on leave, and have (or are going to) resume earning an income no less than the income threshold.

COVID-19 income exemption

You can claim an exemption to the income requirement if you can prove that your income for the 2019-20 financial year was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This could be by giving us documents that show that you received Job Seeker / Job Keeper during the 2019-20 financial year; you can show evidence that your employment and/or income was reduced because of the COVID-19pandemic.

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