Migrants who have settled down in Australia for an extended period may wish to consider applying for Australian citizenship. There are numerous pathways to become an Australian citizen but in most cases Australian permanent residents who have resided in Australia for a certain amount of time will be able to apply for Australian citizenship.
Having Australian citizenship provides certain differences to your stay in Australia, such as:
Australia allows its citizens to hold dual citizenships. You will need to check with your home country if dual citizenships are allowed.
The two most common pathways to becoming an Australian citizen are:
Citizenship by conferral is the most common pathway for permanent residents. If you migrated to Australia and meet the eligibility requirements you can apply for citizenship by conferral. "Confer" means to give, so citizenship by conferral means to be given citizenship.
People in this category might include:
The major precondition for becoming an Australian citizen is your length of residence in Australia. Before you are able to apply for citizenship you must have:
If you were granted a permanent resident visa before you arrived in Australia, your permanent residence date is the date that you arrived in Australia on that visa. If you were granted a permanent resident visa after you arrived in Australia, your permanent residence date will be the date that the visa was granted.
For more information on citizenship by conferral click here.
The citizenship by descent pathway is applicable for:
For more information on further requirement for these application, click here.
Note: You must attend and complete the citizenship ceremony to become an Australian citizenship.
If you need help with the test, watch our video:
Work Visa Lawyers is able to help assess your eligibility for Australian citizenship according to the appropriate qualifying streams. Additionally we have assisted with applicants who were in complicated circumstances, such as:
You may be able to ask for discretion to be exercised by the Minister to allow a grant of citizenship in exceptional circumstances where you have not met the requirements such as:
There are special residence requirements for you if:
The requirements for becoming a citizen by conferral have doubled in recent years from two years residency to four.
The length of residency required can prove difficult for persons with an Australian spouse, who can’t find work in their chosen field and therefore need to work overseas.
We can provide advice in relation to your situation and prepare submissions to the Minister on your behalf.
Speak to the Registered Migration Agents and Migration Lawyers at Work Visa Lawyers today about your eligibility to apply for an Australian citizenship.
The Resident Return Visa or RRV is a visa which allows Australian permanent residents to leave and return to Australia. If you travelled out of Australia without a valid RRV, you will be unable to return to Australia as a permanent resident. Applying for the RRV will allow you to maintain or regain your Australian permanent resident status.
You can apply for the RRV when you are in or outside Australia.
Generally there are 3 separate requirements to apply for a subclass 155 RRV:
To know more about substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia, speak with the Registered Migration Agents and Lawyers at Work Visa Lawyers.
The subclass 157 RRV has the following requirements:
To learn more about demonstrating compelling and compassionate reasons, contact Work Visa Lawyers to speak with our Registered Migration Agents and Lawyers.
Maintaining or regaining your Australian permanent resident status is very important to you and us at Work Visa Lawyers. The team of Registered Migration Agents and Lawyers at Work Visa Lawyers can help you assess your situation and build the strongest case possible for your application.
Proving substantial business, cultural, employment or personal ties of benefit to Australia as well as compelling and compassionate reasons for having to leave Australia will be different for each client depending on their circumstances. Work Visa Lawyers will meet with you and determine if you are able to meet the requirements before you apply.
Contact Work Visa Lawyers and speak with our Registered Migration Agents and Lawyers today.