Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (2022 Measures No.1) Regulations 2022, dated 23 June 2022 amends Australia Citizenship Regulation 2016 to remove the provision of payment of Citizenship fees in foreign currencies and also amends the Migration Regulation 1994 to make changes to the arrangement for lodging New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visas.
The Regulations specify that from 1 July 2022 Citizenship fees must be paid in Australian dollars (AUD) and removes the provision of paying Citizenship fees in foreign currency.
The Regulations also amend the Migration Regulation 1994 to enable subclass 461 New Zealand Citizen Family Relationship (Temporary) visa applicants to be granted this visa regardless of their location at the time they made their visa application and at the time that the visa is granted. So, the applicant may be in or outside Australia, but not in immigration clearance, at the time of grant.
It also allows applicants outside Australia to lodge their applications directly with a departmental office in Australia.
Due to the closure of the Sydney Lee St office, from 1 July 2022all SC 461 applications must be lodged by post at the Australian address given below:
New Zealand Family Relationship Processing Centre
Department of Home Affairs
GPO Box 9984
Sydney NSW 2001.
The Regulations are registered on the Federal Register of Legislation on 24 June 2022 and commenced on1 July 2022.
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