Ready to take the next step? Australian citizenship has many rewards and responsibilities. Citizens have the right to vote and an opportunity to carry an Australian passport and access Australian consular services abroad when in need. The Australian passport is ranked as one of the most desirable passports to have based on ease of visa access globally, international taxation laws, global perception, dual citizenship, and personal freedom.
Citizens are also required to serve on a jury (unless excused) and defend Australia should the need arise. While Australian does allow multiple citizenships to be held at once, some countries do not, and you will need to consider this carefully when considering your application for Australian citizenship. You should contact your home country embassy to learn more about their treatment of dual citizenship before making an Australian citizenship application.
There are different pathways to citizenship:
‘Citizenship by conferral’ means that you have been ‘granted’ Australian citizenship based on meeting certain criteria such as:
You are an Australian permanent resident or Eligible New Zealand Citizen
The citizenship by conferral process has 3 stages:
Permanent Resident children 15 years and younger and usually resident in Australia do not need to meet the physical residence requirement to make a Citizenship by Conferral application. Additionally, children can be included on a parental citizenship application. In general, applicants 16 years and older must each make their own, separate, citizenship application.
We can help you determine if you may meet the requirements to make a Citizenship by Conferral application. Contact us today for further details.
If you are already an Australian citizen and need proof, we can also help you! Let us take the stress out of the process for you. We can assemble and lodge your ‘decision-ready’ application so that you are not further delayed by requests from the authorities.
Proof of citizenship may be needed for certain job applications or an Australian passport application, for instance.
There are other, less common pathways to citizenship that may be available depending on your personal circumstances. If you feel you might have a claim to Australian citizenship, we would be happy to review your situation and provide you with further guidance or assistance to make a complete application for you.