Obtaining Australian citizenship means that you are formally accepted in the Australian community. You are entitled to certain social benefits as a citizen/ permanent resident - free Medicare, social welfare, free schooling. Citizenship also entitles you to apply for an Australian passport and have the right to vote. It also means that you are committed to the country.
Types of Citizenship
Citizenship by birth
You will be eligible to apply if you were born in Australia and at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen or a permanent resident at the time of your birth.
Citizenship by descent
You can apply if you were born outside of Australia and at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth.
Citizenship through residency
You can apply for your Australian passport if you have been living in Australia on a valid visa for at least 4 years immediately before applying. You must not have been absent from Australia for more than 3 months in any one year nor for a total of 12 months within the 4 years prior to lodging your citizenship application. You must hold a permanent residency visa for at least 12 months immediately before applying for citizenship.
There are 3 stages in obtaining Australian citizenship and obtaining your Australian citizenship certificate.
- Submit your citizenship application.
Attend a citizenship appointment where your identity and documentation will be verified. You will also sit the Australian citizenship test or an Australian citizenship interview whichever is applicable. This involves answering questions on Australia and its people, language, laws and beliefs. You should obtain a pass mark of 75%.The topics covered are:
- Australia and its people
- Australia democratic rights, beliefs and liberties
- Government and the law in Australia It is recommended to prepare by reading Australian citizenship, our common bond.
- Attend the Australian Citizenship ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge – a commitment of loyalty to Australia. You will be presented with your Australian certificate of citizenship.
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Frequently Asked Questions
I have been living in Australia for the last 4 years and I just got my permanent residency visa granted; when can I start my application for citizenship?
How do I find out if I have spent enough time in Australia to become a citizen?
How long will my citizenship application take to process?
If I become an Australian citizen, do I have to revoke my current citizenship?
I hold dual citizenship, do I have to use my Australian passport when returning to Australia?
Do I need to sit a test to secure citizenship?
What does the test involve?
There are 20 questions which covers basic knowledge surrounding Australia and its people and laws.
The purpose of the test is that you become familiar with Australian life and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship, its people, customs and language. You must score a 75% pass mark.
Do I need to do a citizenship interview?
You may have to sit the Australian citizenship interview if you don’t need to do the citizenship test.
Again the aim is to ensure that you understand the privileges of citizenship and have a basic knowledge of the English language.
Do I need to attend the Australian Citizenship Ceremony?
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