I have a friend who is a new zealand citizen and has been living in Australia for the past 8 years. They are thinking

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Customer: Hi, I have a friend who is a new zealand citizen and has been living in Australia for the past 8 years. They are thinking about returning to NZ but their passport expired a few years ago and they would probably need to jump onto jobseeker. Will it be easy for them to return to NZ and jump on welfare benefits without having been a resident for all this time. thansk
JA: What steps have they taken? Have they filed any paperwork with the government?
Customer: nothing yet
JA: Have they talked to a lawyer about this?
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HiI am a New Zealand lawyer based in Wellington and will help you with your question today. Please give me a minute to read the question
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As a New Zealand citizen they would be able to claim jobseeker benefits as soon as they return. They can apply for new passports online and would need to book space in MIQ however for when they arrive
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Hi Chris, thanks for reply. The timing and costs are quite an important aspect for consideration. Do you by any chance know what these might be? For example, so that I can build a timeline with anticipated outgoings and things to action, would you happen to know if this is an accurate assessment.
Firstly, obtain a passport for travel back into NZ. Due to his passport having expired is he still able to apply for a new one online or would he be required to visit the NZ consulate. Do you know roughly how long that would take to obtain.
Secondly, on arrival into NZ you mentioned he would be expected to mandatory quarantine. Is this cost worn by the NZ government or by the traveller? How long does one need to quarantine for.
Thirdly, can he apply for Jobseeker whilst here so that once he touches down he will begin to receive those benefits straight away. This is so that he can survive financially off this support. If not able to claim whilst here in Australia how long does it usually take before the first payment arrives after submitting application.
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He can apply online for the passport and it generally only takes a few weeks at most. If he is a returning New Zealander and intends staying he must still stay in MIQ but does not need to pay. He can claim the jobseeker benefit when he arrives in New Zealand but not until then

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okay thanks
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