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    Hi,

    I've been studying for a PhD in NZ for three years and living with my Australian girlfriend for that time. I'm going to apply for a NZ partner visa as technically she's a NZ permanent resident. Does anyone know if I can work in Australia with a NZ partner visa? As we will probably move to Australia within the next 5 years and I would rather not have to apply for another partner visa for Australia.

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    My understanding is that you need to be a NZ citizen to be able to automatically work in Australia. To be a NZ citizen you need to be a permanent resident for five years. (Used to be three).

    Afraid I don't know what the Australian immigration rules are and whether you can work there will depend on what options they have available.

    Perhaps you should look for a movetooz forum?

    Jof

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jof View Post
    My understanding is that you need to be a NZ citizen to be able to automatically work in Australia.
    I'll go along with that. At one time, if you were a NZ resident, you could transfer your privileges to Oz but, because so many people abused this, i.e. using NZ residency purely as a stepping stone to get to Oz (because it was quicker), this was stopped. I think Ozzie residents can walk into NZ and work but not the other way round. I guess, if you want to work in Oz, you would need a job offer and then a work visa unless there is a policy in Oz where you can get a work visa through your Oz girlfriend's citizenship Might be worth trawling the Oz immigration website for info.
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