Australian Citizenship
Australian Citizenship
Australian Citizenship

Non-Australian citizens can now apply for a citizenship following certain guidelines and standards. If an individual is a permanent resident of Australia and is able to meet the eligibility requirements given, he might be able to apply for a citizenship by conferral. This means that this particular person is to be conferred or given the citizenship.

The things one should know when applying for, and granted an Australian citizenship include eligibility, documents to prepare and submit, lodging of application, appointment-setting, ceremony, and the corresponding fees. There are different choices of application. It is important that the person applying knows the type and the ways on how to apply for Australian citizenship.

How can
ISA Migrations help you?

We are a team of expert migration agents who have skillfully dealt and negotiated with clients from different nations and as cultural backgrounds. We make thorough evaluation on the case of our clients including their personal conditions. When the assessment is completed and no problems are detected, we then recommend for them to make the next move, be it, to obtain a visa, or apply for the citizenship in Australia. More so, we offer a complete checklist that will address all the legislations needed.

If you wish to apply for a citizenship in Australia but you don’t know how to go about it, let the ISA Migrations help you with the application process. Visit us at your nearest ISA Migration’s office or fill out the inquiry form and send us your query. One of our team members will get in touch with you.

Documents needed to apply for a citizenship

One needs to obtain the three types of documents in order to apply for citizenship. These are as follow:

  • Identity documents showing the photograph and signature; present residential address; and the birth name, date of birth and gender
  • Character document containing the evidence that the applicant lived or travelled outside Australia since age 18 years old; and the totality of time spent overseas is added to the 12 months or more
  • Supporting documents such as evidence for exemptions, discretions and concessions; evidence of the requirement for special residence; evidence of residence for both British and New Zealand migrants; and documents related to children who are included in the application

An individual can become a citizen once certain requirements are met. Typically he is eligible to apply if he:

  • is a permanent resident at a time of application and at the time of decision
  • meets the residence requirements
  • is of good character
  • has a basic knowledge of English language
  • intends to reside or maintain a close and continued connection with Australia
  • has a sufficient knowledge of privileges and responsibilities of citizenship in Australia An applicant who is 60 years old and above is not required to take the citizenship test.

There are special days and events recognized in Australia, and affirmation and citizenship ceremonies are frequently held as part of coming together as one nation to honor the great things of Australia and how great it is to be an Australian. These celebrations a citizen can enjoy include:

  • Australia’s Local Hero Award
  • Australia Day
  • Australia Citizens Day, and
  • Other citizenship celebrations

The Australian citizenship lets you live in Australia permanently. However, certain requirements are needed along with the fees to qualify for the application.

Aside from the Australian citizenship eligibility mentioned, there are other things to consider for the application to be processed. Generally, one can apply if he is a migrant with permanent residence. The general residence requirements are as follow:

  • he must have lived in Australia holding a valid Australian visa for four years immediately prior to application
  • must have been a permanent resident for 12 months immediately prior to application and not have been absent from this country for more than one year in all, during the four-year period including not over 90 days in the 12 months prior to application

Under some conditions, he must be qualified for the application for a discrepancy to the residence requirement, or be qualified under the requirement for special residence.

How much will it cost to apply for the Australian citizenship?

The application fee must be included along with the application. The corresponding fee for this is AUD 285, unless the applicant is qualified for a concession.


Do all applicant need to sit the citizenship test?

No. A person does not need to sit the test if he is:

  • aged under 18
  • 60 years old and above
  • suffering from any substantial illness or loss of sight, speech or hearing
  • able to show the specialist a medical proof of a permanent or enduring physical mental capacity, which means, he cannot understand the nature of his application, demonstrate a basic English knowledge, and demonstrate an adequate knowledge about Australia, as well as the privileges and responsibilities of citizenship
  • is born to a former citizen of Australia
  • is born in Papua before September 16, 1975, to a citizen of Australia who is born in the said country as presently defined
  • is stateless and is born in Australia

When one is travelling outside Australia, can he still apply for the citizenship?

Yes, one can still obtain the citizenship but in most conditions, application is not approvable when the applicant is outside Australia. If there is a need to travel abroad while the application is on process, it is important to contact the migration company. Before leaving, the person needs to be sure he has a valid passport, as well as a Resident Return Visa.


Provided information should not be taken as exhaustive, additional requirements for the visa do apply. Visa requirements may differ as per individual circumstances. For your eligibility assessment visit one of our qualified professionals.