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With its high quality of life, unrivalled beaches and strong economy it’s no surprise so many want to move across the pond and luckily for us, Australia welcomes migrants with open arms if they tick all the checkboxes on their list of requirements.
If you’re thinking about or in the process of moving to Australia here’s a guide on how to apply for citizenship to help you on your way.
First things first, citizenship and permanent residence are two different things and you have different rights and responsibilities depending on what you hold.
If you’re an Australian Citizen, you get the privilege of:
However, whilst enjoying these benefits of being an Australian citizen, it, like most things, comes with responsibilities:
Adults applying for Australian Citizenship must meet all the subsequent criteria:
Children can also apply for citizenship, but the requirements are slightly different.
If you match the above criteria, you’re ready to apply for your citizenship which you can now easily do online or using a paper from whether you’re in Australia or overseas. The best way to begin is to head to the Australian Department of Home Affairs website.
Firstly, you’ll need to submit your application and pay the relevant fees, which is usually between 40 – 285 AUD depending on how you file your application.
Once you’ve submitted and paid, you’ll need to arrange to take the Citizenship test. This test will assess your understanding of the values and traditions of Australia as well as the rights and responsibilities you will gain once a citizen. Under 18’s and over 60’s and those that suffer from any impairments are exempt from this test.
Finally, if everything in the process has gone smoothly and your application has been processed, you’ll be invited to a citizenship ceremony where you’ll make a promise to stay loyal to Australian and its people.
Now you know how to apply for your citizenship you might want to read our guide on buying property in Australia so you’re ready for the next step.
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