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Australian Citizenship

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen. There are various changes being proposed, which are currently under consideration (see next column).

Subject to the passage of legislation required to enact some of the measures, the changes will come into effect, and apply to applications made from the date of the Government’s announcement on 20 April 2017.

The changes will not apply to applications made before 20 April 2017 (that is, the current rules will continue to apply to applications made before 20 April 2017).

Applicants will receive communication on the implementation of these measures and any additional information and documentation that may be required to support their application.

For more information please see the Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection website.

Please contact us for an overview of current requirements and to work out the best strategy for a successful application for Australian Citizenship.

Changes You Need To Know

  • Increasing the general residence requirement, which means an applicant for Australian citizenship will need to demonstrate a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship
  • Introducing an English language test, which means applicants will need to demonstrate competent English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills before being able to sit the citizenship test
  • Strengthening the Australian Values Statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and require applicants to make an undertaking to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community
  • Strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values, and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship
  • Introducing a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community
  • Strengthening the Pledge of commitment as a citizen of the Commonwealth of Australia in the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 to refer to allegiance to Australia; and extending the requirement for individuals aged 16 years and over to make the Pledge to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

Australian Citizenship Application

The Australian Government is strengthening the requirements to become an Australian citizen. As such, there are many benefits to choosing Coral Coast Migration Service, a professional Registered Migration Agent, to assist with your application.

  • Registered Migration Agents have to complete a comprehensive course in Australian Migration Law and Regulations.
  • Migration Agents attend regular Continuing Professional Development seminars to stay up to date with the latest developments in all matters related to immigration and are required to maintain a professional library of current legislation and policy.
  • Registered Migration Agents are experts in their field and can guide you through the complex bureaucratic process.
  • We can save you time and money,reducing stress and anxiety at the same time.
  • We will ensure that your application has the best possible chance of being successful.
Australian Citizenship Application

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Faq's - Ways To Acquire Australian Citizenship

General eligibility

  • If you migrated to Australia, have permanent residence, satisfy the residential requirements and are of good character you may be eligible for citizenship. Spouses and partners of Australian citizens do not have an automatic right to Australian citizenship. You will need to apply for citizenship and satisfy the eligibility criteria in the same way as other adult applicants.
  • For New Zealand citizens, their eligibility for Australian citizenship depends on whether they arrived in Australia before or after 26 February 2001.

Citizenship by descent

Children born overseas to an Australian citizen parent may be eligible apply for Australian citizenship.

You may be eligible for Australian citizenship by descent if ...

  • you were born outside Australia
  • at least one of your parents was an Australian citizen when you were born
  • you are of good character

Other situations

  • You may be eligible to become an Australian citizen again if you lost your citizenship because of acquiring the citizenship of another country, or renounced or gave up your Australian citizenship.
  • If your responsible parent had lost their Australian citizenship at the time of your birth, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship as a child of a former citizen.
  • If you are adopted, you may be eligible to apply for citizenship by adoption.
  • You may be eligible for Australian citizenship if you were born in Papua before independence on 16 September 1975 and one of your parents was born in Australia as we now know it, your parent was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth and you are of good character. See PNG Citizens page for more information.

Testimonials

Just to inform you T and J got their citizenship application approved; they got the letters through the mail today.

T.T.

Good morning Nick, I just wanted to let you know that we finally applied this last Thursday! Thank you very much for your help, it's extremely appreciated and allowed me to not go crazy. I am now confident that everything will be ok. Anyway, it was simply to say a final thank you for your help. I will definitely recommend your service to anyone.

A.H.

Hi Nick, Thank you very much for all of the effort you have put into this. This was emotionally charged from our end and you helped take that out. We were expecting this to take at least 12 months but thanks to you this has happened in 4-5 months. Feel free to put me forward as a reference to any prospective clients that come your way. I will be spreading the word around too.

S.K

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