Do you qualify for Australian Citizenship?

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Contact us if you need to confirm you meet all requirements and to ensure your citizenship application is prepared and lodged correctly.

The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements.

Generally, to apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:

  • Determine that you are eligible
  • Gather your original documents
  • Copy and certify your documents
  • Complete and lodge your application

A decision on your application for citizenship will only be made after you have lodged a completed application form together with the required documents and fee.

There are several ways that you can become a citizen including automatic citizenship (for example by descent or adoption by an Australian citizen) or by conferrel (when a permanent resident applies to become a citizen).

The Australian Citizen Act 2007 and related regulations provide the requirements for becoming an Australian citizen. We can assist you with a range of citizenship related issues including:

  • Conferrel – Permanent Resident Applying to Become a Citizen
  • Difficult Citizenship Applications
  • Review Rights for Citizenship Decisions
  • Citizenship by Conferral

The basic requirements in relation to residence are:

  • You must have been lawfully resident in Australia for four years prior to the applications and,
  • You must have been a permanent resident for at least the last 12 months prior to the application.
  • Of the 4 years residency in Australia you must not have lived outside Australia for more than 12 months
  • Of the 12 months as permanent resident you must not have lived outside Australia for more than 90 days
  • You must also pass a citizenship test unless you are exempted from the test.
  • You must not have been present as an unlawful citizen for any period in the four years.
  • You must satisfy character requirements.

You may be able to ask for discretion to be exercised by the Minister to allow a grant of citizenship in exceptional circumstances where you have not met the requirements such as:

  • Administrative error led to you becoming unlawful or not becoming a permanent resident.
  • You would suffer significant hardship if a period of temporary residence is not counted as a period of permanent residence.
  • You are a spouse, widow or widower of an Australian citizen, were a permanent resident, and maintained a close and continuing association with Australia during the relevant period.

There are special residence requirements for you if:

  • You have been engaged in activities of special benefit to Australia or work that required regular travel.
  • You have completed the required amount of Defence services.

Difficult Citizenship Applications

  • The length of residency required can prove difficult, for persons with an Australian spouse, who can’t find work in their chosen field and therefore need to work overseas.
  • We can provide advice in relation to your situation and prepare submissions to the Minister on your behalf.
  • Review Rights for Citizenship Decisions
  • The refusal of an application for citizenship or the revocation of an approval for citizenship can be appealed to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).
  • We can advise you on a citizenship decision and your review rights.

Contact us if you need to confirm you meet all requirements and to ensure your citizenship application is prepared and lodged correctly.