About Australian Citizenship

There are various ways under which you may qualify to apply for Australian citizenship. For example, some of the pathways under which you may be eligible for Australian citizenship include:

  • citizenship by conferral
  • citizenship by descent i.e. being born overseas to an Australian parent
  • citizenship by birth in Australia
  • citizenship by adoption

Citizenship by conferral is often the most popular pathway. To become an Australian citizen by conferral, you must first lodge an application form and pay the applicable fee. Your application will then be processed by the Department of Home Affairs.

 

Am I eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship by conferral?

You may be eligible under this pathway if you meet the following requirements

  • you are a Permanent Resident or an eligible New Zealand citizen and have held this status for a minimum period of 12 months prior to the application
  • you have been lawfully residing in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years
  • you meet character requirements
  • you score at least 75/100 on the citizenship test which is about is based on your knowledge and understanding of Australian society, values and history.
  • you can meet the basic English language requirements.

 

What are the benefits of Australian Citizenship?

As an Australian citizen you can:

  • live, study, work and travel anywhere within Australia
  • travel to and from Australia indefinitely
  • stay outside Australia for as long as you want to
  • apply for Federal Government and Defence Jobs
  • vote if you are over 18 years of age
  • sponsor your relatives for PR visa if they meet the eligibility requirements

 

What are the costs of Australian Citizenship?

The Department of Home Affairs cost for the main applicant of an Australian Citizenship application is $285

 

How long does it take to get Australian Citizenship?

The Department of Home Affairs assesses applications on a case-by-case basis and processing time changes according to application type.

·       Australian citizenship by conferral varies between 17 to 27 months from the date of application to the date of the decision.

·       Australian citizenship by descent varies between 4 to 6 months from the date of application to the date of the decision.

·       Australian citizenship by evidence varies between 8 to 20 days from the date of application to the date of the decision.

Completing application with necessary documents, responding to any requests quickly and providing required information can help expedite the process.

 

Which visas are eligible for Australian Citizenship?

The visas below might offer a pathway to permanent residency which is a condition for Australian Citizenship.

309 & 100 – Offshore Partner Visa

 820 & 801 – Onshore Partner Visa

482 Visa – Temporary Skill Shortage Visa

186 Visa PR – Employer Nomination

494 Visa – Regional Employer Sponsored

189 Visa – Skilled Independent Visa

190 Visa – Skilled Nominated Visa

103 Visa – Parent Visa

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you become an Australian citizen by marriage?

If your spouse or partner is an Australian citizen, settled permanent resident, or eligible New Zealand citizen living in Australia, you may be eligible to apply for a Partner Visa which leads you to become a Permanent Resident. After getting the permanent residency status, you may be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship.

How long does it take to get Australian citizenship after marriage?

After the marriage, you may apply for a temporary and then permanent Partner Visa. After getting a permanent residency, you may be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship.

What happens if I fail the Australian Citizenship test?

If you fail the citizenship test, you may be able to book for another session on the same or another day. After 3 citizenship test failures, you must wait at least 2 years to retake it.

 

Why choose Withstand Lawyers for Australian Citizenship?

At Withstand Lawyers we have made Australian Citizenship application process easier and faster for many clients. Our firm specialises in immigration law and has experienced legal professionals and resources required to provide you with the guidance and representation that is needed to ensure you reach your immigration goals. Please book a meeting online or call us on 1800 952 901 for professional assistance.

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