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Criminal Convictions

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Moving to Australia with criminal convictions

Hi, my partner and I am both New Zealanders and have been to Australia on holiday without any problems. But now we are looking at moving over there permanently and my partner has criminal…

Posted by ladyhawknz. 76 replies. Latest activity on 06 November 2023.

What is the law regarding entering Australia with a criminal conviction?

For example, I was in prison for just over a year. I have been out for about 8 years and not been in trouble since.

Posted by imakiwilad. 73 replies. Latest activity on 22 April 2020.

Can you pass the good character test with 5 charges of drink driving in Australia?

Posted by task. 4 replies. Latest activity on 06 March 2011.

I have a current drink driving charge. Can I move to Australia?

I have payed off my fine and am not allowed to drive for a further 3 months. This is my first criminal conviction.

Posted by hele. 3 replies. Latest activity on 19 July 2010.

I have a criminal record with a disqualified driver's licence. Will that affect getting a visa for Australia?

I have a New Zealand permanent residency from the last four years and I want to move to Australia for study and work. What is the procedure for doing this?

Posted by kalpesh-patel. 2 replies. Latest activity on 15 November 2010.

Ex resident of Adelaide living in NZ for 13 years and wanting to return to Adelaide, but has criminal conviction

I have lived in Adelaide for 13 years between 1980-1993. I am a New Zealand born male and have been back in NZ since 1993 and have returned to Australia on a number of occassions to visit. I have a…

Posted by ozbound74. 1 reply. Latest activity on 27 June 2009.

Will I be able to get into Australia?

I'm 17 and I have a son who is 1 year old and I'm from the UK. I have a criminal record but from 4 years ago. Will they let me in?

Posted by gabby. 1 reply. Latest activity on 25 July 2009.

How serious does the crime have to be before they disallow entry into Australia?

I have a friend moving from NZ on the 31st July. She has just completed her community service for drink driving and breach of PD and has also paid her fines...we are both concerned that this may…

Posted by kelz. 10 replies. Latest activity on 28 May 2015.

If I have a criminal record from 16 years ago, can I live in Australia?

I was young and stupid and got myself into trouble badly. I then obtained a criminal record at the age of 18-19. I am now 34, engaged and have a small child of nearly 5. Is there anything stopping me…

Posted by james. 2 replies. Latest activity on 07 November 2010.

I want to move to Australia but I'm not sure if my criminal convictions will stop me from moving?

Posted by destined-for-australia. 2 replies. Latest activity on 06 February 2011.

Can I get into Australia with a repeat criminal record? How long do I have to be clean for?

I have a repeating drink and driving record plus have been imprisoned for 6 months. I also have a repeating marijuana record but it's been 4 years since my last offence. Do I have any chance of…

Posted by flickchick. 4 replies. Latest activity on 06 September 2012.

Hi, we're wanting to work in Australia but I have a criminal record from 20 years ago for possession of cannabis.

Will this affect me applying for a work visa or a permanent residence visa? I'm a NZ citizen.

Posted by zrx1100. 2 replies. Latest activity on 04 February 2015.

Can you go to Australia with an assault charge from a year ago?

Posted by nick13. 1 reply. Latest activity on 23 February 2011.

Moving to Australia with a criminal conviction

Hi, my name is Andy and I'm from the UK and am interested in moving to Australia. As I have a conviction, I was wondering about any stipulations that could prevent me from moving there.

I would be…

Posted by andy-dentmeister. 1 reply. Latest activity on 08 November 2010.

Am I an Australian citizen if I lived there for over 8 years and went to school there before coming back to NZ? I was born in NZ.

The reason why I am asking is that I wish to return back to Australia and if I am an Australian citizen, can I get an Australian passport? The other thing is that I have a criminal record here in NZ…

Posted by princess. 1 reply. Latest activity on 09 November 2010.