Citizenship (by Descent) Eligibility

Becoming an Australian Citizen by Descent is the most common way to become an Australian Citizen. However, there are certain criteria you would need to meet before you apply.
Some Common Criteria include:
  • You must have been born outside of Australia on or after 26 January 1949
  • At least one of your parents must have been an Australian Citizen on the day you were born
  • You must be of good character (if you are over 18 at time of application)
Character Requirement
You must be of “good character” if you are 18 years or over. Good character is the ‘enduring moral qualities of a person’.
Ongoing court cases, previous convictions, your associations and other matters may affect your Citizenship application.
Further Information
Unlike applying for Citizenship by Conferral, you will not need to meet the General Residence Requirement or the Language Requirement. In addition, you will not need to sit the Citizenship Test.
Evidence of parent’s Australian Citizenship
Providing evidence that at least one of your parents was an Australian Citizen on the day you were born is imperative.
The documents you may need to supply include your parent’s full Australian Birth Certificate, their Australian Citizenship Certificate and/or their Australian Passport. You will also need to provide evidence of your Parent’s other Citizenships to other countries.
Furthermore, you will need to provide evidence that you are, in fact, your parent’s child. You can do this by providing your full Birth Certificate (and translated, if in a different language).
If you’re eligible for Citizenship, it is imperative that you apply as soon as possible, as there may be changes to the criteria, without prior warning.
If you wish to book and appointment with one of our Registered Migration Agents, please call Gold Migration Lawyers on 1300 320 300 today.
This article does not constitute legal advice or create a Migration Agent-Client relationship. Please consult a Registered Migration Agent for up-to-date information.
Relevant Links
  • For more details on Citizenship by Conferral, please click here
  • For the most Common Reasons on why Citizenship applications are Refused, please click here