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Can I Apply for Australian Citizenship?



Immigration News

 

You can become a citizen of Australia in different ways. You must meet our criteria before you apply. Conferral and descent are the most common ways to apply.

 

​​​Australian citizenship is an important step in the migration story.  

 

Responsibilities of Australian citizenship

 

As an Australian citizen you must:

  • obey the laws of Australia
  • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • defend Australia should the need arise
  • serve on jury duty if called to do so

 

Privileges - what Australia will give you

As an Australian citizen you can:

  • vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • apply for children born overseas to become Australian citizens by descent
  • apply for a job in the Australian Public Service or in the Australian Defence Force
  • seek election to parliament
  • apply for an Australian passport and re-enter Australia freely
  • ask for consular assistance from an Australian official while overseas

 

Making a pledge

At your Australian citizenship ceremony, you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge. In doing so, you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.

At the citizenship ceremony, you will pledge:

  • your loyalty to Australia and its people
  • that you will share Australia’s democratic beliefs and respect its rights and liberties
  • to uphold and obey the laws of Australia

 

Statistics

How many people have become Australian citizens in the last program year?

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