Australian Citizenship

To Become an Australian Citizenship

You can become a citizen of Australia in different ways, but conferral and descent are most used.

Australian Citizenship by conferral:

  • If you are a permanent visa holder who is residing in Australia, and
  • Have lawfully lived in Australia for a period of 4 years immediately before made the application, and
  • was not absent from Australia for more than a cumulative period of 12 months during those four years period, and
  • was present in Australia as a permanent resident for the period of 12 months immediately before the application made, and
    was not absent from Australia for more than 90 days during that 12 month.
  • Pass the good character test.
  • Having an adequate knowledge of your responsibilities and privileges as an Australian citizen.
  • Intending to reside in Australia, or to preserve a close connection with Australia.

Note: An applicant’s four years residence period can start while overseas, provided they had been present in Australia at any time prior to the commencement of that period, and their absence overseas was not cumulatively more than 12 months over the four year period of the general residence requirement.

Australian Citizenship Application by descent:

  • If you are born outside of Australia on or after 26 January 1949, and
  • At least one of your parents have been an Australian Citizen on the day you were born,
  • If you are over 18 years old when you apply for the citizenship, must pass the good character test.

Unlike the Conferral pathway, there is no General Residence Requirement or the Language Requirement. In addition, you don’t need to take the Citizenship Test.