Australian citizenship. How to become an Australian Citizen?

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Australian citizenship eligibility

This chapter is about:

  • Australian citizenship eligibility
  • how to get Australian citizenship
  • how to become an Australian citizen

Before applying for Australian citizenship, you must check your Australian citizenship eligibility. In other words, you must ensure whether you can get Australian citizenship at all. There are a few different ways on how to become an Australian citizen. The best would be to be born as an Australian citizen, but you didn’t come here to read about that. If you don’t have the time to go through everything by yourself give us a call and we’ll check everything for you, otherwise – continue reading. I’ll write here about how to get Australian citizenship through permanent residency, it’s called “Australian citizenship by conferral”.

Australian citizenship is regulated by the Australian Citizenship Act (available here), but in general, to apply for Australian citizenship you will need to:australian-citizenship-ceremony

  • live in Australia as a permanent resident. It doesn’t matter what kind of permanent visa you hold – whether it is a partner visa, skilled visa, ENS, or the other permanent residency visa.
  • satisfy the residency requirement to be eligible for Australian citizenship. This one is tricky – I will write some more info below.
  • be willing to live in Australia for the future
  • be of good character if you are at least 18 years old. It might become complicated if you’ve been sentenced in the past, however very often could be challenged whether your sentence will disqualify you from applying for Australian citizenship.

There are some “quite simple” rules for Australian citizenship eligibility. It is all about the timing. You’ll have to calculate how long have you been living in Australia as a permanent resident over the last couple of years. It’s all about maths. If you have problems with counting – ask somebody to check your calculations (give us a call or contact us). Here we go:

To ensure your residence requirements have been met you:

  • must have been living lawfully in Australia on a valid visa for four years immediately before the date of application. Within these 4 years, the last 12 months must be spent in Australia as a permanent resident.
  • must not have been abroad for more than one year cumulatively, during the last 4 year period. Additionally, you could not have been living outside Australia for more than 90 calendar days in the year immediately before applying.

Simple – isn’t it? Not really? I know, the Department of Home Affairs made it a bit confusing. OK – one step at the time, answer yourself the questions below

  1. Do you hold a permanent visa?
  2. Have you been living in Australia lawfully for the last 4 years?
  3. Have you been living in Australia as a permanent resident over the last 12 months?
  4. Have you been living in Australia at least 3 years cumulatively over the last 4 years? (subtract all the time you have spent abroad)
  5. Have you been living in Australia at least 9 months over the last 12 months?

If you have answered “YES” to all the above questions, you’re halfway there as residence requirements look to be met.

Example 1.

Story: Mary came to Australia on 01 January 2012 as a temporary resident. She was a holder of a student visa. After graduating in February 2014 she applied and has been granted with skilled graduate visa. After a few months, she applied for a skilled independent visa and has been granted her 189 visa on 19 August 2014. Mary is going to apply for citizenship 30 April 2016. She lived in Australia all the time.
Verdict: Mary met the residency requirements and might be eligible for Australian citizenship.

Example 2.

Story: Vijay came to Australia as a permanent resident on 12 November 2013. He has applied offshore and been granted with permanent skilled visa. Vijay wants to apply for Australian citizenship
Verdict: Vijay does not meet the residency requirement. Although he’s living in Australia as a permanent resident for more than 12 months, he must be living lawfully in Australia for at least 4 years.

Example 3:

Story: Xiu came to Australia a tourist on 07 June 2011. After 2 months he decided he wants to continue his education in Australia, he applied and has been granted with a student visa. For personal reasons he had to take a break from his school between 01 January 2013 and 01 October 2013 – he spent this time in China with his family. He came back to Australia on 01 October 2013. Once he finished his school he has been employed in one of regional Australia cities. His employer-sponsored Xiu for RSMS visa, which has been granted on 01 February 2014. A year later 01 March 2015 Xiu flew back to China to spend some time with his family. He came back on 01 July 2015. Xiu wants to apply for citizenship on 18 April 2016.
Verdict: Xiu does not meet the residency requirement. Although he first arrived in Australia more than 4 years ago, he did not spend cumulatively 3 years over the last 4 years period of time before the intended date of the citizenship application. In addition, he’s been overseas for more than 3 months over last 12 months.

What does it mean lawfully? A lawful residence is about living in Australia on a valid Australian temporary or permanent visa.

If any of the following has applied to you in the past 4 years it could impact your Australian citizenship eligibility, and we will have to discuss your options.applying-for-australian-citizenship-filling-the-form Give us a call if you:

  • have obtained an e-visa which replaced an expired Resident Return Visa (RRV)
  • have had a bridging visa of any type
  • have lodged an onshore application for a permanent visa then traveled abroad on your temporary visa
  • are a New Zealander on a Special Category Visa (SCV)

If any of your parents was an Australian Citizen on the time you have been born, you may be eligible for Australian citizenship by descent. Contact us to check if you could lodge an Australian citizenship application on that basis.

Applying for Australian citizenship

This chapter is about:

  • how to apply for Australian citizenship.
  • Australian citizenship application form

You need to apply for citizenship, it will not be granted by default. If you like paperwork – relevant paper form must be filled and send to the nearest Department of Home Affairs if you are in Australia. If you are overseas paper application must be sent to the department’s Overseas Citizenship Unit at the Canberra office in Australia. An application must be accompanied by a payment of course.

If you are aged between 18 years and 59 years you should youse Form 1300t Australian citizenship – General eligibility

If you

  • are younger than 17 years old, or
  • over 59 years, or
  • suffer from a permanent loss or substantial impairment of hearing, speech or sight, or
  • have an enduring physical or mental incapacity that means you are not capable of understanding the nature of the application,

you should use Form 1290 Australian citizenship – Other situations. Interesting – if you don’t understand nature of the application and can’t fill the 1300t form you may use another form. Don’t be worried – we are here to help – we can do all the paperwork for you.

Sending a paper application is probably the best for those who do not have internet access or love to have in hand a solid piece of document with all the relevant signatures and stamps. The easier way to apply for citizenship is to lodge the application online.  Read the next chapter for details

Australian citizenship application

woman-lodging-australian-citizenship-application-onlineThis chapter is about: application for Australian citizenship.

Once you have confirmed you might be eligible for Australian citizenship it is the time to go to the department’s website and lodge the application online. Right? Nope, sorry.

Before lodging the Australian citizenship application check if you have all the required documents which must be attached to the application. If you are missing some crucial documents you might not be eligible to apply online and will have to lodge the paper application.

What kind of documents must be attached to the application? Here they are:

  1. You must provide proof of identity documents:
    1. Three (3) original documents that collectively show your photograph, signature, current residential address, birth name, date of birth and gender. (some or all of these might be required dependant on your particular situation: An Australian driver’s licence, A passport, UNHCR document, a national identity card, other documents containing a signature and photograph such as: an aircrew identity document, seafarer identity document, military identity document or student card, a utilities notice such as electricity, gas or water bill, rental contracts or rates notice, a full birth certificate, or your country’s equivalent, evidence of links between present and previous names, for example a marriage or divorce certificate (if applicable), change of name documents from an Australian Registry of Births, Deaths and Marriages (if applicable), documents showing other names that you or your children have been known by)
    2. Proof of change of name, if applicable
    3. Identity declaration (Form 1195) completed by a person with the appropriate authority.
    4. Evidence of arrival in Australia (a passport or other travel documents)
  2. Good character documents. You will have to provide penal clearance certificates from all countries if, since the grant of your permanent Australian visa: you have lived or traveled overseas since the age of 18 years or over, and  the total time spent abroad added up to 12 months or more, and the time you’ve been in any one country was more than 90 days, or department asks you to do so. If you are applying outside Australia, then Australia needs to be considered an overseas country.
  3. Other supporting documents, if applicable, such as :
    1. Evidence for exemptions, discretions, and concessions
    2. Evidence of special residence requirement
    3. Evidence of residence – for New Zealand and British migrants only
    4. Documents related to children if included in the application

If you have collected all the necessary documents now is the time to determine if you can lodge the application online or need to send a paper form.

In most situations, you are OK to proceed with the online application unless you:

  • do apply for a fee concession or exemption
  • are part of the Australian Defence Force
  • are a stateless person
  • do not hold a passport
  • did not travel in and out of Australia since July 1990.

In the above situation, a paper application is only one allowed.

Before lodging the actual online application, you will have to create your very own IMMI account. Once you’ll get your account login, choose the Australian Citizenship application and follow the prompts. In the end, you’ll be requested to attach relevant documents and pay the fee. You will have to show original documents during your visit to the department for a Citizenship test.

Australian citizenship fees

Unless you are exempt you must pay a fee for a citizenship application. Unless you are eligible for confession it’s gonna cost you $285 (as of February 2016 – may change – best to check department’s website). The concession fee is $40 and does apply in general to pensioners. Children under 16 yeard old (if included in parent’s application) stateless people and people who served in the Australian Army don’t pay a dime.

Australian citizenship test

This chapter is about:

  • Australian citizenship practice test,
  • Australian citizen test,
  • citizenship test practice,
  • Australian citizenship test practice questions,
  • Australian citizenship test questions and answers

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Before you will be granted Australian Citizenship it is required for you to sit the Australian citizenship practice test and pass it. They will put you on the front of a computer and run the program. There are 20 questions you will have to answer. Each question will have a couple of possible answers – you will have to choose the right one and go to the next question. The test is timed – you will have 45 minutes to complete the test. Australian citizenship test pass mark is 15 correct answers out of 20 in total. If you will fail at the first time, you can do it again and again within 45 minutes, but do not expect to get the same questions each time. If you will still fail, then you will have to reschedule the test. Fee for the Australian citizenship test is included in an application fee, so you don’t have to pay anything even if you’ll have to sit the test multiple times.

There is a brochure released by the Department of Home Affairs called “Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond” (available here). In reality, that publication has all the information required to help you pass the citizenship test. It contains 5 parts, where only the first 3 parts are testable: (Part 1 – Australia and its people, Part 2 – Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties and Part 3 – Government and the law in Australia). The last 2 parts are for your information only are non-testable (Part 4 – Australia today, Part 5 – Our Australian story) it also contains example questions. There really is no point to buy any “Australian citizenship test questions and answers” from the internet.

If you are having troubles with English or prefer to read in your own language, brochure has been translated and is also available in  Albanian, Amharic, Arabic, Bosnian, Burmese/Myanmarese, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, French, German, Greek, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese, Karen, Khmer, Kirundi, Korean, Macedonian, Nepali, Persian/Farsi, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian, Sinhalese, Somali, Spanish, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil, Thai, Tigrinya, Turkish, Vietnamese. 

All the questions in the Australian citizenship test are based on these topics:

  • Australia and its people
  • Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights, and liberties
  • government and the law in Australia.

To make things even easier Department of Home Affairs prepared videos, so instead of reading their brochure you can just watch videos few times and if you watched carefully you should be in a position to pass the test.

There is also a practice test available on department’s website. It will be exactly like that when you’ll be sitting your very own test.

Here are “Australian Citizenship – Our Common Bond” videos, enjoy!

Australian citizenship ceremony

This chapter is about becoming an Australian citizen.

Once you’ll get through all the steps of Australian citizenship application including that lovely test, which probably 70% of native Australians would fail as some people say, and your citizenship application is approved, you will be invited to attend your citizenship ceremony. Once you receive a letter that your application is approved, you will need to attend a citizenship ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. This is the last step of becoming an Australian citizen. Ceremonies are usually held within six months from the time of application approval, but waiting times can vary between local councils. Most citizenship ceremonies are organized and hosted by local councils not the Department of Home Affairs. There are some popular dates for citizenship ceremonies such as Australia Day, Australian Citizenship Day, Constitution Day, Australia’s Local Hero Award, but ceremonies could be held on any other day as well.

Citizenship ceremonies fulfill requirements under Australian citizenship law and also provide an important opportunity to welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community.

Australian citizenship certificate

During the Australian citizenship ceremony, you will also be given an Australian citizenship certificate. This is an official document that confirms that you are an Australian Citizen and it could be used as proof of citizenship to confirm that you are an Australian. You will need it when applying for your Australian passport.  Australian citizenship certificate number could be found in the bottom left corner of the document.

If you need to get a copy of the Australian citizenship certificate you will have to fill form 119 and provide copies of all the relevant supporting documents. All the required documents are listed on a form. It’s quite a straightforward process, but time-consuming, so better keep your Australian citizenship certificate in some safe place. You’ll have also to pay a fee.

Should you require assistance with your Australian citizenship application do not hesitate to contact us or book a consultation with a migration agent. We’re here to help!

I hope this article was helpful. Feel free to comment, or post your questions below.

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  • 21/02/2016 at 6:01 pm
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    What happens on odd cases when the applicant does not pass the citizenship test on multiple attempts?

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    • 21/02/2016 at 6:04 pm
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      An interview is the other option. Could also be chosen by those who have problems with understanding English.

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  • 03/07/2016 at 3:20 pm
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    If a child has been diagnosed with a long term disability and receiving government funding for the disability while a permanent resident, will her citizenship application by conferral be refused?

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  • 07/07/2016 at 5:03 pm
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    Form 1290 , for children below 16, they can submit application on their own for citizenship and do not require to satisfy the residence requirement, does it mean that :
    A Child below 16 who is holding a permanent resident visa is eligible to apply for citizenship even he is spending most of his time oversea ? Parents holding PR visa too.

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  • 09/07/2016 at 3:39 pm
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    Do we need to past a health requirement/check for Australian citizenship by conferral? For example if a person who is a permanent resident has been diagnosed with a long term disability which would make him eligible for government funding/support while she is a permanent resident, will her citizenship be refused due to this? Also what happens to the permanent resident status if citizenship application is refused.

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  • 01/08/2016 at 11:05 pm
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    Hello,

    I’am Linda, 3 years ago, I have lost my previous passport which has the stamp of Aus Immi “First Arrived Date”, but I and Dad came to Australian in the same date. He still has the stamp on his passport but I don’t have any document that can proof my “First Arrived Date” other than my previous passport.

    What should I do to proof “First Arrived Date” document?

    Regards,

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    • 28/12/2016 at 2:10 pm
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      Declaration should be satisfactory. Department shall have that information in their database, but it is your responsibility to provide with the information.

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  • 14/09/2016 at 1:07 am
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    Hi There,

    My son has born in Australia and I was holding Australian PR at that time. Now I am living abroad with my son. My sons passport has expired and I need his citizen certificate but dont know how to apply for the same from India. Please provide your guidance. thank you

    Regards,
    Vimal

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    • 28/12/2016 at 1:52 pm
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      Are you asking about Indian citizen certificate? Sorry can’t help you with that.

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  • 24/10/2016 at 11:49 am
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    Do you hold a permanent visa?
    Have you been living in Australia lawfully for last 4 years?
    Have you been living in Australia as a permanent resident over last 12 month?
    Have you been living in Australia at least 3 years cumulatively over last 4 years? (subtract all the time you have spent abroad)
    Have you been living in Australia at least 9 months over last 12 months?

    If one meets all the residence requirements mentioned above but leaves Australia (for employment, 1-year contract) 2 months prior completion of 4 years,
    1) can he/she apply for Australian citizenship online?
    2) can he/she complete citizenship test, while working offshore, e.g. in the US?
    3) can he/she complete oath taking ceremony, while working offshore, e.g. in the US?
    If person A has been living in Australia as PR for last 4 years (without break) but employer sends him/her abroad on an international assignment 2 months before completions of 4 years, can he apply online while being offshore? he has completed 46 months already but is not physically present in Australia.

    Thank you.

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    • 28/12/2016 at 1:37 pm
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      You can apply online.

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  • 28/12/2016 at 11:59 pm
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    is it possible for someone who cant speak or read english pass the citizenship test

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    • 29/12/2016 at 9:55 am
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      If you are unable to sit a test for some reason there are other ways to satisfy citizenship test requirement.

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  • 29/01/2017 at 4:53 pm
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    I just passed my citizenship test and currently holding 187 visa is there any chance that i can moved to city like melbourne while waiting my ceremony
    Thanks
    MARK

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  • 05/02/2017 at 9:08 pm
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    “you have lived or travelled overseas since the age of 18 years or over, and  the total time spent abroad added up to 12 months or more, and the time you’ve been in any one country was more than 90 days”
    This somehow confuse me. What if I haven’t been out of Australia for a total of 12 months but spent over 90 days in one country, do I still need to provide a Penal Clearance Certificate?
    Thanks.

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  • 06/02/2017 at 9:20 am
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    What happens if you arrived in australia 1968 and have been living here all your life, do you still have to sit that test and how long will it take to be a citizen

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  • 19/02/2017 at 12:32 pm
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    Hi, I was recently granted citizenship by descent. What’s next and what about my children?

    Thankd

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  • 04/04/2017 at 4:50 pm
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    Hi,

    I meet all the residency requirements for citizenship application. However, i need to visit my home country for addressing some urgent medical issues. I plan to return again after finishing my medical issues. Can i apply for Australian citizenship while staying in my home country? Will the DIBP reject my application as i will be outside Australia while making the application?

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  • 24/04/2017 at 10:58 am
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    Hi,
    My son is 4years old, was born overseas while I was holding PR and living in QLD. He became permanent resident in October 2015 and since January 2016 , he is living overseas with his mom.
    I am australian citizen. Can I apply for my son citizenship as soon as he arrived back to Australia or there is some requirement for that ?

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  • 26/04/2017 at 5:08 pm
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    I have officially been a permanent resident for one year but have lived and worked here on the 457 visa for three and a half years prior and one year on the working holiday visa before that, totaling five and a half years living and working (for the same company) in Australia. Does my time here on there 457 visa count towards ‘permanent resident time served? I should have been eligible to apply for citizenship on the 6th of June this year but with the new citizenship rules implemented on the 20th of April, I believe I’ll now have to wait another three years before applying. Is this correct?

    Thanks

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  • 08/05/2017 at 1:01 am
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    I’ve Certificate of Good Conduct dated year 2011 from my home country. The certificate was used to apply my PR. I was granted PR in year 2011. Then I moved to Australia permanently in 2013. I’ve been staying in Australia since 2013.
    If I would like to apply for citizenship now in 2017, do I have to re-apply Certificate of Good Conduct?
    Thanks!

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    • 17/08/2017 at 12:07 pm
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      You might be requested to do so.

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  • 08/05/2017 at 1:02 am
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    Do I need to apply for Australia Police check ?
    thanks!

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  • 09/05/2017 at 6:30 pm
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    Hello there, I want to apply for Australian citizenship, but my passport expired around three years ago. Can I still use that passport’s information when filling the ‘Passport Detail’ section in the application form? Or should I renew my passport?

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    • 17/08/2017 at 12:05 pm
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      Apart from passport they also ask you for some other documents. Write some explanation that you do not have a current passport. Thay may accept that.

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  • 19/05/2017 at 7:57 pm
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    Hi there,

    I have a few issues with the online form with the following questions:

    1) I don’t have my original birth certificate. I ordered a new one from the U.K. And they have sent me a certified copy. This is all they will send me, is this sufficient?

    2) I don’t know the exact dates of all the places I have travelled overseas since I was 18. I know the locations and the years but not the exact dates. My passport wasn’t stamped every time, will this be an issue?

    3) in the birth certificate section it asks for your id number. It isn’t clear what number this is as it doesn’t have this heading on any of the numbers on my U.K. Birth certificate.

    Please help! I’ve been trying to compete this form for weeks

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  • 20/06/2017 at 10:35 pm
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    Hi I am an Australian Citizen and have been since berth. I have moved to India for work about 3 years ago and in the meantime got married here. I would like to know if my wife would be eligible for citizenship.

    Please let me know.

    Regards.

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:59 am
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      After a couple of years of Permanent residency – very likely yes. First of all, we’d have to apply for Partner visa for her. Please give us a call to +61 (7) 3668 0658 to discuss.

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  • 26/06/2017 at 4:24 am
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    Hi
    I had i PR as a child. for four years. I lost it when my mom got devorsed and we moved back to Sweden. I have a sister and she is born in Brisbane. I have lots of school rekords, dokuments, passport, and i wonder now if i can get a new PR or maybe apply for Citizenchip as an audult.

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  • 03/08/2017 at 5:39 pm
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    hi! i am arrived in Australia last month for my bachelor degree in tourism and hospitality course and i want to ask you one question . If i will change my course and college after 6 months , will it draw any effect when i apply for Australian citizenship in future.

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    • 17/08/2017 at 11:23 am
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      DIBP does not look so deep into details of your visa when it comes to citizenship determination. They are interested how many years have you been in Australia as a temporary and permanent resident.

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  • 23/08/2017 at 1:49 pm
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    I was born on3 November 1962 in the Australian Territory of Papua. Both my parents are Papuans born before 1949.
    I believe that one or both of my parents were ”Australian Citizens” at the time of my birth.
    Therefore I believe further that I am eligible for Australian Citizenship.
    Can I apply for Resumption of Australian Citizenship

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  • 23/08/2017 at 3:20 pm
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    I was born 0n 3 November 1962 in the Australian Territory of Papua, to Papuan parents born before 1949
    I believe that my parents were Australian Citizens at the time I was born.
    Therefore I believe that I am an Australian Citizen thus eligible to apply for Resumption of Australian Citizenship
    Please advice if this is the correct path to take or is there another path/option that may be available under my circumstances.

    Thank you

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  • 01/09/2017 at 2:54 pm
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    Hi there,
    I will be eligible for citizenship by conferral in 6-8 months and I intend to include my 7 year old son as my dependent in the citizenship application.
    Must my son be onshore during the citizenship application process (e.g. at time of application, at interview, at time of decision or at ceremony) ?
    Thank you, David

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:53 am
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      Is your son also an Australian PR? Will the other parent also agree to a citizenship grant?

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      • 01/10/2017 at 10:05 am
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        Hi, yes the child is an Australian PR and the other parent agrees to citizenship grant.
        Are there other factors to consider?
        Regards, David

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  • 07/09/2017 at 2:47 pm
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    Hi there,
    I can apply for citizenship by conferral in a couple of months and would like to add my child as my dependent in the application. We are both Australian PR.
    Does my child need to be onshore during the citizenship application process? (e.g. at application, at interview, when decision is made, at ceremony)
    Thanks and regards,

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  • 07/09/2017 at 8:48 pm
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    Hi, i was a divorcee 5 years ago with a son. Got married to an Australian citizen and entered Australia 5 years ago with a partner visa. Stayed here for 5 years together with my son from my ex. Never leave the country for more than one month each trip i made. May i ask if i gonna apply citizenship for my son, is he eligible to apply one before he is 18 years old?
    Thanks

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:37 am
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      As I understand your Australian ex is a parent of your child? In such a situation your child might be eligible for a citizenship. Give us a call to discuss.

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  • 15/09/2017 at 1:57 pm
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    Hello,
    I would like to ask, I came to visit my sisters, brother and parents 8 years ago in 2009 and I delivered my son in Perth then we were back in Dubai,
    then in September 2013, along with my husband and 2 boys, we came to live here joining my family and all the cousins, on a 457 visa.
    then we have applied for PR on Feb 2016 and now still living here since then.
    We have got our PR visa just recently in early September 2017 after lodging the PR application by 19 months, it’s all good now.
    My question is, with the Australian Birth Certificate and the current Permanent Residency visa, is my son eligible to apply for the Australian Citizenship ? or he will be eligible when we are eligible as a family?
    Thanks a lot.

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:31 am
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      you’d have to have a PR visa at the time for your son to be eligible for citizenship.

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  • 20/09/2017 at 10:43 am
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    I emigrated with my parents from the UK in 1961 aged 5. Both parents were born in UK. I left Australia in 1984 to live in the USA. I have always maintained a Australian resident visa to date. My current RRV expires March 2018. I have spent 490 days out of Australia within the past 4 1/2 years. The time away was to visit family in the UK and USA.

    As I will not be eligible for a Australian passport what rules apply for this situation. Will I have to start over again when I get my new visa.

    Thank you

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:28 am
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      first of all think about renewing your RRV as long as you are eligible for 5 years travel facility.
      Not sure what you mean “start over again”. They do count your time on PR visa in Australia.

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  • 27/09/2017 at 9:43 am
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    Thank you for your reply.

    By start over I mean when I get my RRV renewed will I need to wait another 5 years and apply the same rules as before. ie maximum time out of the country being 12 months out of 5 years?

    Many thanks

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    • 27/09/2017 at 9:51 am
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      We don’t know the new rules yet.
      Type of PR visa does not matter, it’s the time spent in Australia as PR.

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  • 13/10/2017 at 5:08 pm
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    Hi there,
    I have got PR visa and my husband as well. it seems we have met the requirements for applying AUS Citizenship but thinking to apply only for our 3 kids(16, 2 other younder child ) at the moment.
    Is 1290 form the right form to apply for them? And if I’m applying for them, do I have to fill my kid’s name on the “Your Details” part?
    Or is there any other form to apply for them ? (It’s a bit confusing to choose the right form as we are not going to apply citizenship with them)
    And would it be possible to make a new English name for him before becoming as a Australian ? as my 16 yrs old son was considering to change his name or make other English name due to difficulty of pronuciation. (we don’t mind this is going to be the middle name or other name but uncomplicated way is better for us)
    Many thanks,
    Kitaoka

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  • 19/10/2017 at 10:54 am
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    Hi
    My three children have been in Australia 17 years and I was student for 9years waiting the most of them get PR
    To be PR I had to applied of Parental Contribution Visa I’m PR since 2015
    My question is the law is the same to remain a year in Australia without leaving more that 90days
    Thank u very much
    Neire Leite

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  • 19/10/2017 at 11:47 am
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    Hi,
    I arrived in Australia on a PR in Jan 2014. My wife and daughter came later in May 2014 on the same PR visa. I’ll be eligible in Jan 2018 as per residency requirements for Australian citizenship. Will my wife and daughter have to wait until May 2018 to complete the 4 year requirement or can we all apply together for citizenship in Jan 2018 when I’ll be eligible.
    Thanks.

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  • 21/10/2017 at 10:47 am
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    Hello Dear

    I am here in Australia on 31 July 2014. I have a permanent resident. I will finish 4 years on 31 July 2018, I did not go out Australia since I come on 31 July 2014. Based on the requirements of citizenship, I can apply for the citizenship on 31 July 2018. However, the government announced that it will not accept any application starting from 1 July 2018.
    What should I do in this case, please? I am very worried about this.

    Best regards

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  • 22/10/2017 at 6:07 pm
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    Once you lodge the citizenship application; when can you book a test ?

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  • 27/10/2017 at 7:32 pm
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    I am eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. After lodging my application online, can I leave Australia for a few months and then come back when I have been invited for the citizenship test? Should I be onshore during the citizenship application process?

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  • 04/11/2017 at 12:35 pm
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    Hi
    Does my wife need to apply separately to me for citizenship?
    If so, on who’s application do we put our children? hers, mine or both?
    Many thanks

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  • 13/11/2017 at 8:40 pm
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    Hello,
    I have first arrived in Australia as a student on 19June2017 and then left Australia on 10Aug2017. I have only returned back to Australia after over 4 years on 08Nov2017 with a Permanent Resident Visa Subclass 189. Will i be eligible for applying for citizenship since i have spent a total of more than 5 years in Australia and as a Permanent Resident for over 3 years? Or should i have to wait until 07Nov2018 to apply for citizenship?
    Thanks!

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    • 13/11/2017 at 8:42 pm
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      Hello,
      Sorry for the typos in the email above with the dates. Please see the correct dates now.
      I have first arrived in Australia as a student on 19June2008 and then left Australia on 10Aug2010. I have only returned back to Australia after over 4 years on 08Nov2014 with a Permanent Resident Visa Subclass 189. Will i be eligible for applying for citizenship since i have spent a total of more than 5 years in Australia and as a Permanent Resident for over 3 years? Or should i have to wait until 07Nov2018 to apply for citizenship?
      Thanks!

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  • 17/11/2017 at 12:21 pm
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    For the citizenship application, do we include children under 16 in both of the parent application, like both Mom and Dad, or just one parent?

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  • 20/11/2017 at 8:06 pm
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    Hi ,

    I have some confusion regarding the Citizenship requirement. I will break down my timeline

    – I first came to Australia in Feb 2012 on student visa
    – I graduated in April 2014
    – I apply for 489 visa and got granted in Sep 2014
    – Before my 489 expired in Sep 2016 I apply for another student visa and got bridging visa till got the grant for the second student visa in Feb 2017
    – I then apply for 189 PR offshore and leave Australia in March 2017
    – I got PR grant in Sep 2017 and come back to Australia as permanent resident in Oct 2017.

    Now im trying to calculate my timeline for citizenship application in Nov next year 2018. One of the requirement is that
    ” have lived in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying”

    Cuz I have left Australia from March 2017 until Oct 2017 to wait for PR grant when did not have any Australia visa during that time. Im just wondering in that case Am I still eligible to apply next year or I have to start my 4 years since I got PR grant.

    Thank you in advance.

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