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Permanent Residents or New Zealand Citizens.

This is for:
Eligibility Criteria: Note :

For children 16 or 17 years old, if meeting this requirement would cause significant hardship or disadvantage, you will need to provide proof. Children under 16 need not to meet the general residence requirement but must be permanent residents.

Permanent residence calculations

Your residency starts on the date:

we granted the permanent visa when you were in Australia, or you first entered Australia on a permanent visa

General exemptions

You need not to meet our residence requirement if you:

Character Requirement

You must be of good character if you are 18 years or over. When department assess good character, they consider whether you are likely to: Uphold and obey the laws of Australia meet the other commitments made through the citizenship pledge.

Knowledge of Australia

You must understand what it means to be an Australian citizen. At the time you have an appointment, you must know about:

Language Requirement

You need to have a basic knowledge of the English language to become an Australian citizen. If you score 75% or more on the citizenship test, you meet the language requirement. Close and continuing link to Australia. You must intend to live in Australia or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia while overseas. You will be considered if you have:

Cost

AUD 285. No cost for a child 15 years or younger applying with a parent.

Processing Times

The below table shows the timeframe it is currently taking to process citizenship applications. A " decision" includes applications that have been approved, refused, withdrawn and those that cannot be considered (invalid).

Type of Application Duration Time for 75% of applications Time for 90% of applications
Australian citizenship by conferral (general eligibility and other situations)** From date of application to decision 15 months 21 month
From date of approval to ceremony 8 months 10 months
From date of application to ceremony 24 months 30 months
Australian citizenship by descent From date of application to decision* 4 months 7 months
Evidence of Australian citizenship From date of application to decision* 6 days 19 days
* Allow an extra 10 days after approval of your application for printing and postage of your citizenship document. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

* The processing times presented for the citizenship by conferral process include applications for which, in the reporting month, either: A decision outcome was reached; or, person/s who were included in the application acquired Australian citizenship by conferral by attending a citizenship ceremony and making the pledge of commitment.

Circumstances affecting processing times

Factors that can affect the processing time of your application include:

Disapproval of Application:

Citizenship application will be disapproved if

We must not approve your citizenship application if you are outside Australia at the time we decide your application, except under few circumstances. This is for:

Eligibility criteria

Location at time of application approval. Be in Australia when department decides on your application, in most cases. When you apply, you must be a permanent resident or an eligible New Zealand Citizen.

Residence Requirement

At the time you apply, you must have been:

For children 16 or 17 years old, if meeting this requirement would cause significant hardship or disadvantage, you will need to provide proof. Children under 16 need not to meet the general residence requirement but must be permanent residents.

Permanent Residence Calculations

Your residency starts on the date: we granted the permanent visa when you were in Australia, or you first entered Australia on a permanent visa.

General Exemptions

You do not need to meet our residence requirement if you:

Requirement of Age

You must be aged 60 or older to apply without sitting a citizenship test.

Character requirement

You must be of good character if you are 18 years or over. When department assess good character, they consider whether you are likely to: uphold and obey the laws of Australia. meet the other commitments made through the citizenship pledge

Knowledge of Australia

You must intend to live in Australia or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia while overseas. You will be considered if you have:

Cost :

* AUD180, AUD20 for some concession holders
* No cost for children under 16 included on a parent’s application form.

Processing times

Below table shows timeframe it is currently taking to process citizenship applications. A 'decision' includes applications that have been approved, refused, withdrawn, and those that cannot be considered (invalid).

Type of Application Duration Time for 75% of applications Time for 90% of applications
Australian citizenship by conferral (general eligibility and other situations)** From date of application to decision 15 months 21 months
From date of approval to ceremony 8 months 10 months
From date of application to ceremony 24 months 30 months
Australian citizenship by descent From date of application to decision* 4 months 7 months
Evidence of Australian citizenship From date of application to decision* 6 days 19 days

* Allow an extra 10 days after approval of your application for printing and postage of your citizenship document. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

** The processing times presented for the citizenship by conferral process include applications for which, in the reporting month, either: a decision outcome was reached; or, person/s who were included in the application acquired Australian citizenship by conferral by attending a citizenship ceremony and making the pledge of commitment.

Circumstances affecting processing times

Factors that can affect the processing time of your application include:

Australian Citizenship by Descent

Your Parents (one or both) were an Australian Citizen when you were born overseas. It is for: people born overseas to a parent who is or was an Australian citizen and for parents to register a child born overseas.

Note Character requirement

You must be of good character if you are 18 years or over. When department assess good character, we consider whether you are likely to: * uphold and obey the laws of Australia. Department will consider:

Cost

AUD95 for each sibling who applies at the same time as you.

Processing times

Below table shows timeframe it is currently taking to process citizenship applications. A 'decision' includes applications that have been approved, refused, withdrawn and those that cannot be considered (invalid).

Type of Application Duration Time for 75% of applications Time for 90% of applications
Australian citizenship by conferral (general eligibility and other situations)** From date of application to decision 15 months 21 months
From date of approval to ceremony 8 months 10 months
From date of application to ceremony 24 months 30 months
Australian citizenship by descent From date of application to decision* 4 months 7 months
Evidence of Australian citizenship From date of application to decision* 6 days 19 days

* Allow an extra 10 days after approval of your application for printing and postage of your citizenship document. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

** The processing times presented for the citizenship by conferral process include applications for which, in the reporting month, either: A decision outcome was reached; or, person/s who were included in the application acquired Australian citizenship by conferral by attending a citizenship ceremony and making the pledge of commitment.

Circumstances affecting processing times

Factors that can affect the processing time of your application include: