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Become an Australian Citizen 

You can become an Australian Citizen in a number of different ways and you must meet the criteria before you can apply. 

The information provided below should be used as a guide only. We encourage you to contact us for a complete and thorough assessment of your situation and eligibility.liacitizen

Cost

From AUD1,000

Processing times

Varies

You must

  • be a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen when you apply and when we decide your application
  • be in Australia when we decide on your application in most cases
  • have spent time in Australia and know about our country
  • intend to live in Australia or maintain a lasting link with Australia while overseas

Things to note

  • This information is for people 59 years old and under. If you are 60 years old or older, see Persons 60 years and older.
  • You can include a dependent child aged 15 or younger in your application. With permission from a responsible parent, a child 15 years or younger can apply on their own. The child must be a permanent resident.
  • You cannot include a dependent child aged 16 or 17 on your application. They must apply on their own by following the process outlined on this page. The child must be a permanent resident.

Cost

From AUD1,000

Processing times

Varies

You must

  • be a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen when you apply and when we decide your application
  • be in Australia when we decide on your application in most cases
  • intend to live in Australia or maintain a lasting link with Australia while overseas

Things to note

  • This information is for people 60 years or over. If you are 59 years or younger, see Permanent residents and eligible New Zealand citizens.
  • You can include a dependent child aged 15 or younger in your application.
  • You cannot include a dependent child aged 16 or 17 on your citizenship application. They must apply on their own.
  • You do not need to sit the citizenship test

Cost

From AUD1,000

Processing times

Varies

You must

  • be 15 years or younger, applying on your own and living with a responsible parent who is an Australian citizen and consents to your application; or:
    • you are usually resident in Australia with a responsible parent who consents to you application and who  is a permanent resident but has decided not to apply for Australian citizenship because they would lose the citizenship of another country; or
    • living with a responsible parent who consents to your application and your responsible parent is not an Australian citizen but you can show us that not becoming a citizen would make you suffer significant hardship or be disadvantaged
  • be a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen at the time you apply and when we decide your application

Things to note

  • Your responsible parent, must sign your citizenship application form.
  • If one of your parents is applying for Australian citizenship at the same time as you, you can be included on their application form which means you don’t have to complete a separate application.

 

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