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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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Australian Citizenship – 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.

Australian Citizenship – 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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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP – 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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AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP – 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.

Bastian Alarcón Vergara
Bastian Alarcón V.
I was very satisfied with these guys and how my visa application was handled. We started the process early on together with my sponsor to make sure we had enough time to sort out all the required documents for the application. It only took 6 weeks from the date we applied to get my 482 Skilled Shortage Visa granted which was much quicker than I was expecting. Highly recommended.read more
Ezequiel López Casa
Ezequiel López C.
These Lawyers are fantastic! A special thank you to Kiri. I applied for my partner visa in June 2021 and we were approved January 2022. Kiri and the team at Gold Migration Lawyers were very helpful and down to earth. They made the process very easy. I definitely recommend!read more
Brendon Vuntarde
Brendon V.
Gold Migration have been a pleasure to work with from the day we submitted our application for Partner Visa back in February 2020. They have been very proactive in keeping us up to date and also ensuring that my wife and I had all the information we needed.We both highly recommend Gold Migration Lawyers as they are very good at what they do and are a pleasure to work with.read more
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SP R.
Most importantly, delivered a positive outcome for my 866 application. Highly recommend the service to anyone seeking protection in Australia.
Kasturi Vijayan
Kasturi V.
Gold migration are one of the best lawyers we have ever dealt with. We were in the verge of loosing hope with my husbands 461 visa and they took over the case and among all other lawyers they were the only ones that gave us positive reinforcement. It is a glorious end when my husband got the visa granted this morning after weeks of sleepless night and having so much uncertainty. I can’t thank gold migration lawyers enough for all the work they have done in this process. I would highly recommend them for any of your legal needs. Andreas you are amazing as well as all your team you work with, can’t thank you guys enough.read more
Johan Mitchell
Johan M.
I received the first stage of my partner visa in <11 months. Great service.
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ngoo wei K.
got my visa granted in very short time, very professional and efficiency lawyer, highly recommended.
John Langdon
John L.
If you are looking for professionals who take pride in their work and strive for the best possible outcome, look no further than Gold Migration.They have helped me and my partner obtain a PMV visa in 6 months, a process than can take up 28 months, so the calibre of their standard speaks for itself, I would like to thank you all so much for all of your efforts.read more
Jayden Fisher
Jayden F.
Thank you so much to the team at gold migration for your amazing work, quick responses and professionalism. Without your help I don’t know where we would be right now!Honestly cannot thank you all enough. You’ve made these tough times a lot easier and the future for me and my fiancée much brighter!read more

Australian Citizenship – 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.