We have taken a look into what the Australian Citizenship application process involves and, as experienced and professional immigration experts, will guide you through this complicated process all the way to the happy result.
Your Australian Citizenship journey starts by establishing if you would be eligible to apply for citizenship.
• be a a migrant who holds permanent residency status
• meet the residency requirements
• be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
• be of good character if you are 18 years of age or over
• aged 18 years and over and under 60 years of age.
Now establish that you meet the residency requirements
• have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident, and
• not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying.
Time to start preparing for your citizenship interview or test
Do you have all your ducks… um documents in a row?
You must provide original documents of the following:
• prove of identity,
• establish links between all names you have used,
• establish you have not had any serious criminal convictions
• proof that you have legally lived and worked in Australia for at least four years and that you are integrated in the Australian community.
Applicants are usually required to take a citizenship test if you are aged 18 years and over and under 60 years of age. The citizenship test is designed to encourage you to find out more about life in Australia and what it means to be an Australian citizen. It will test your understanding of the responsibilities of citizenship as well as the rights that you will enjoy once you become a citizen.
If you are not required to sit the test you may have a citizenship interview. At the interview we will confirm that you understand the nature of your citizenship application, have a basic knowledge of the English language and understand the responsibilities and privileges of obtaining Australian citizenship.
Awaiting the outcome of your application.
A decision on your application for citizenship can only be made after you have lodged a completed application together with the required original documents and fee.