If you are living in Australia as an Australian permanent resident, you might have already enjoyed living in an independent and democratic society. But, becoming a citizen will open up many doors of freedom and success for you and your next generations.
Most people get Australian citizenship by conferral. You must be an Australian permanent resident and fulfill all requirements in order to becoming a citizen by conferral.
As an Australian citizen you have a number of privileges, which include:
This is for permanent residents of Australia who would like to become Australian citizen.
This is for permanent residents of Australia who would like to become Australian citizen.Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
Like a visa application, applying for Australian citizenship has certain requirements you must meet. Australia Citizenship Requirements:
Step 1 – Meet the basic eligibility
You need to check that you meet our requirements before you apply. Check your eligibility.
Step 2 – Organise your documents
You will be required to submit some documents along with your application. You can scroll down to find the documents checklist for Australian citizenship application.
Step 3 – Apply for citizenship
You can apply and pay online whether you are in Australia or another foreign country. Completing your application online, and providing all the documents listed for your application type, helps immigration officer to finalise your application faster.
Step 4 – Come to your appointment
Most people aged between 18 and 59 years will have an interview with the Department of Home Affairs. They must sit for a citizenship test as well. Others might only have to face an interview. The DHA will send you an appointment letter with the details. The time from when you apply to your appointment date varies, but this may take a long time,
Step 5 – Wait for our decision
Provide all required documents and let the DHA know if there is any change of circumstances. If you do not update your changes, you might face some complications and the application may take long time.
Step 6 – Outcome
DHA will notify you in writing. You will receive a letter from DHA when they have made a decision on your application.
Step 7 – Attend a citizenship ceremony
Most applicants for citizenship by conferral must attend a citizenship ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge to become an Australian citizen. This could be one of the happiest moments in your life!
Generally, you will receive an invitation to a ceremony within 6 months of your application being granted, but waiting times may vary. You can check the citizenship processing times here.Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia
If you have applied for Australian citizenship by conferral:
If you have applied for Australian citizenship by descent, 90% of applications are processed within 6 months.
If you have applied for Evidence of Australian citizenship, 90% of applications are processed within 28 days.Source: Department of Home Affairs, Australia