About Australian Citizenship

Becoming an Australian citizen opens the door to many benefits to you and your family. It allows you to vote, enter and depart Australia without the need to renew your visa, obtain an Australian passport, have the certainty that your children born overseas can be deemed Australian citizens by descent and much more.

With so many benefits to gain by becoming an Australian citizen, there’s no doubt this is a worthy goal to pursue. However, to successfully obtain your Australian citizenship sooner rather than later, it pays to get help from immigration lawyers who can set you on the right path.

Australian Citizenship Eligibility

You may be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship if you are one of the following:

  1. Migrant with permanent residence
  2. New Zealand citizen living in Australia
  3. Spouse or partner of an Australian citizen
  4. Child adopted outside Australia by an Australian citizen
  5. Child aged 15 years or under or an unaccompanied minor
  6. Child aged 16 or 17
  7. Child born outside Australia to an Australian citizen
  8. Child of a former Australian citizen
  9. Commonwealth Child Migration scheme arrival
  10. Person born in Papua before independence in 1975
  11. Resume Australian citizenship
  12. Refugee and humanitarian entrants

There are various requirements that need to be met depending on your circumstances. However, the main requirements are that you:

  • Are a permanent resident at time of the Australian citizenship application and at time of decision
  • Meet the residence requirements
  • Are a person of good character
  • Possess a basic knowledge of the English language
  • Have the intention to reside or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
  • Have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges that come with Australian citizenship.

In order for you to meet the residence requirements, you must demonstrate that you:

  • Have lived in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately prior to applying;
  • Have been a permanent resident for 12 months immediately prior to making an application and not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, during the four year period, including no more than 90 days in the 12 months before applying.

You can include your children under the age of 16 in your application provided that they are permanent residents.

Please note that if you do not meet some of the above criteria, there are exceptions that may apply. Accordingly, we strongly recommend to get in touch with our office to discuss your matters in detail and ascertain your eligibility.

How Much Does an Australian Citizenship Application Cost and Take to Process?

The application fee is $285 and takes on average 15 months to process.

Get Help with Your Australian Citizenship Application

Once you’re ready to begin the application process, make sure you contact us first. We are experts in all migration matters, and we guarantee to deliver a high level of service when helping you with your Australian citizenship application.

As migration lawyers, we know all the ins and outs of the Australian citizenship application process. Contact us to find out more and fast track your citizenship application today.