The journey to become an Australian citizen is undeniably challenging, but it is definitely something worth fighting for.
At Sirus Migration, we understand the worth of your drive to achieve your Australian Dream.
As the most experienced and reliable Migration Agents, we can guide you towards the ultimate destination in your migration journey. At Sirus, you can update yourself with the latest information about ‘Australian Citizenship.
As an Australian Citizen, you can earn the same rights as those who have taken birth in Australia, including the voting rights. A citizen has an automatic right of entering Australia.
You can enjoy the same privileges as people born in the country, as you become a legitimate part this prosperous country blooming with economic and social opportunities. Most Importantly, becoming an Australian citizen is about understanding and committing to adhere to the values of this unique national community.
According to DIAC, Australians believe in the dignity and freedom of each person, the equality of men and women and the rule of law. Australian citizenship is about following these values in your everyday life.
Before you say, ‘I am Australian’, you need to meet certain requirements.
For most applicants, these include that you:
- are a permanent resident at the time of application and time of decision
- meet the residency requirements
- Maintain a good character
- Meet the English language requirements
- intend to reside or maintain a close association with Australia
- have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship
General residence requirement
The general residence requirement is based on the amount of time you have lived in Australia. If you are 60 years of age or over you are not required to sit the citizenship test.
You must meet the following criteria:
- You have lived in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying
- You must have been a permanent resident for the 12 months immediately before making an application and not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, during the four year period. This also includes the limitation of staying for a continuous period of 90 days in the 12 months before applying.
If you satisfy the general eligibility criteria, you will need to take a citizenship test before applying for Australian citizenship. Those covered by other situations (such as those aged under 18 or over age 60, or people who suffer from a substantial impairment or loss of hearing, speech or sight) are not required to sit a test.
The Australian citizenship test has been designed to help future Australian citizens gain an understanding of the country’s
- national symbols.
The test is an important part of ensuring you have the capacity to fully participate in the Australian community as a citizen and maximise the opportunities available to you in Australia.
It promotes social cohesion and successful integration into the community.
To sit the test you must:
- be an Australian permanent resident
- satisfy the department of your identity during the process of registering for the test
- allow the department to take a photograph of you or provide one yourself.
Calculate your permanent residency
Before you think about applying for the Australian Citizenship, you should have a clear idea about the duration of your permanent residency. If you are granted a permanent resident visa before you arrived in Australia, your permanent residence date will be the date that you arrive on, in Australia. If you are granted a permanent resident visa after your arrival in Australia, your permanent residence date will be the date that the visa is granted.
Applying for a Citizenship for Children
You can include children under 16 years of age in your citizenship application if they are permanent residents. Children under the age of 16 years do not need to meet the residence requirements but must be permanent residents.