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Australian Citizenship

There are several different ways to become a citizen of Australia. The most common ways are by conferral or by descent.

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Key Eligibility Requirements (by Descent)

To be eligible and receive Australian Citizenship by descent, you must:

  • Have been born outside Australia;
  • Ensure that the person you are claiming descent from was your parent at the time of your birth and was also an Australian Citizen at the time of your birth; and
  • Be of Good Character.

Key Eligibility Requirements (by Conferral)

To be eligible and receive Australian Citizenship by conferral, you must:

  • Be a Permanent Resident of Australia or an eligible New Zealand Citizen;
  • Intend to live in Australia or maintain a lasting link with Australia whilst overseas;
  • Have spent time in Australia and know about the country;
  • Meet the Residence Requirement (see below);
  • Be of Good Character; and
  • Pass a Citizenship Test (if you’re between 18 and 59).
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RESIDENCE REQUIREMENT FOR CITIZENSHIP BY CONFERRAL

At the time you apply for Citizenship you must have been:

  • living in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years;
  • a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for the past 12 months; amd
  • away from Australia for no more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the past 12 months.

For children 16 or 17 years old, if meeting this requirement would cause significant hardship or disadvantage, you will need to provide proof.

Children under 16 do not need to meet the general residence requirement but must be permanent residents.

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KNOWLEDGE OF AUSTRALIA FOR CITIZENSHIP BY CONFERRAL

You must understand what it means to be an Australian citizen. To assess this, most applicants will sit the citizenship test.

At the time you have an appointment, you must show that you have:

  • a basic knowledge of the English language;
  • an understanding of what it means to become an Australian citizen;
  • an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship; and
  • an understanding and commitment to Australian values based on freedom, respect and equality

If you score 75% or more on the citizenship test, and answer all 5 questions on Australian values correctly, then you meet the knowledge requirement.

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Helping People Just Like You

What matters to us most is what our clients have to say about their experience once everything has been resolved. Below are some of the messages we have received from people we’ve represented.

King Kaif
King K.
Thank you Andreas and team. The best law firm in town. i would highly recommend them for any migration n citizenship services. They were very prompt in following up with paper work for my citizenship which was complicated case. would rate them above 5 starsread more
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Michael G.
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tynal C.
Very responsive and walked me through each steps along for the whole process.
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Harry M.
I wish I could give more than 5 stars. They are the best lawyers in Melbourne city. Andreas and Ramtin helped me so much and I couldn't have asked for a better service. Thank you so much and I will be recommending you to everyone I come across.read more
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frequently asked questions

If my parent was an Australian Citizen when I was born overseas, am I eligible for Australian Citizenship?

Yes, depending on your date of birth. As long as you can prove that they are your parent and that they were a Citizen or a Permanent Resident the day you were born.

If I am applying for Citizenship by Conferral, how long must I have spent in Australia before lodgement?

This is known as the Residence Requirement. You must have been a Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen for at least 12 months before lodgement, been living in Australia on a valid visa for at least 4 years, and not spent more than 12 months away from Australia in the past 4 years, or more than 90 days in the past 12 months.

Do I need to provide Police Records when applying for Citizenship?

Yes, you will need to. In most cases, you will need to provide Police Records from Australia and any country in which you have lived for more than 12 months in the past 10 years.

What is the “Citizenship Test”?

Depending on your age, it is a test which you will need to pass in order to obtain Citizenship. You will need to score 75% or more on the citizenship test, and answer all 5 questions on Australian values correctly.

What does the Citizenship Test contain?

The Citizenship Test contains questions on a wide range of topics, such as an understanding of what it means to become an Australian citizen, an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship and an understanding and commitment to Australian values based on freedom, respect and equality.

Would my parent and I need to provide a DNA test after I apply for Citizenship by Descent?

In some cases, yes. If you’re unable to find an original Birth Certificate, it is likely that the Department will request a DNA test.