Australian citizenship by conferral
Australian citizenship by conferral is a way to become an Australian citizen if you are already a permanent resident of Australia. To be eligible, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must have been a permanent resident of Australia for at least 4 years immediately before the day you apply.
- You must have held a permanent visa or a Special Category (subclass 444) visa for the last 12 months immediately before the day you apply.
- You must not have been absent from Australia for more than 12 months in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in the 12 months immediately before applying.
- You must have passed the Australian citizenship test.
- You must be of good character.
If you meet the criteria, you can apply for Australian citizenship by conferral online or by mail. The application process takes about 12 months.
Here are the steps involved in applying for Australian citizenship by conferral:
- Create an account on the Department of Home Affairs website.
- Complete the citizenship application form.
- Pay the application fee.
- Submit your application and supporting documents.
- Attend an interview with a citizenship officer.
- Receive your citizenship certificate.
The application fee for Australian citizenship by conferral is AUD$350. You can pay the fee online or by mail.
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The supporting documents you need to submit with your application include:
- Your full birth certificate showing your parents’ details.
- Your passport or travel document.
- Evidence of change of name if needed.
- A passport-sized photograph.
- An identity declaration signed by an Australian citizen with the correct authority.
You can find more information about Australian citizenship by conferral on the Department of Home Affairs website.
Here are some of the benefits of becoming an Australian citizen:
- You can vote in Australian elections.
- You can hold an Australian passport.
- You can live and work in Australia permanently.
- You can sponsor family members to come to Australia.
- You have the right to access Australian government services.