For many of our clients, Australian citizenship is the final goal. It means that they can finally call themselves an Australian, and gain all of the benefits that come with it. It allows them to vote, apply for work in the public service or army, apply for a passport (and never have to worry about Australian visas again), and even get elected to parliament. It’s a huge step, and we’re delighted to be part of this process for so many people.
Our experts always work with the latest Australian immigration and citizenship information, ensuring that you have the best chance of success. Our office in Australia works with you throughout the process so that you can submit an excellent application after you have fulfilled all of the requirements. Our professional pre-assessment looks over your details to see whether you qualify, and our expert help guides you through the process from beginning to end.
Australian Citizenship Residency Requirements
If you want to apply for Australian citizenship, you’ll be required to live in Australia as a permanent resident for a total of 3 years in the 5 years before making the Australian citizenship application. This includes a period of 1 year in the 2 years before the Australian citizenship application is made.
Those applying for permanent residency have usually been working in Australia on either a Family Sponsored Visa or Australia Skilled Independent Visa. These are the most common type of Australia visas used in citizenship applications.
Australian Citizenship can be gained by descent, adoption, or resumption, Most of our clients come to gain their citizenship after living in Australia as permanent residents. However, we have also helped many people who are spouses of Australian citizens or children of former citizens.
What are the Responsibilities and Privileges of Citizenship?
As an Australian Citizen, there are a number of obligations that you need to live up to. These map out what is expected of you to be a good citizen, and include obeying the law, defending Australia if necessary, serving on a jury, and voting. Most applicants view these as benefits and look forward to voting and helping their community in general.
Citizens must also pledge that they share Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights, and liberties. These are listed as beliefs, freedoms, and equalities, and form that basis of what Australia stands for as a country. Again, these are often the very reasons why people want to move to Australia. Freedoms include freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion and secular government.
Australian Citizenship confers people with rights that they could not otherwise have. These include the right to vote in federal and state elections, the right to apply for work in the Australian Public Service of Australian Defence Force, and even seek election to parliament. As a citizen, you can also apply for an Australian passport and re-enter Australia freely as often as you want. When abroad, you will also be able to receive help from Australian officials if necessary as Australia seeks to defend the rights and freedoms of its citizens abroad as well as at home. Your children will also be able to gain citizenship by descent if they are abroad, and will be able to join you in Australia. In addition to your children, you will be able to sponsor other family members to come to Australia to visit or work.
What is Revocation?
Legislation in Australia allows the government to revoke a person’s Australian citizenship if they have committed a serious offence at anytime prior to or after being approved to become an Australian citizen, and are convicted for 12 months or more for that offence. This is extremely unusual, and not something that most of our clients need to worry about.
Getting your citizenship is the last step of your immigration journey, and arguably the most important step. Getting every part of our application just right is essential to avoiding delays. Citizenship is refused for a number of reasons, including character, security, and insufficient proof submitted with the case. You only have one chance to submit your citizenship application, if it is refused you do have the right to appeal but this can be a length process with no guarantee of success at the end of it. With almost 20 years’ experience, IXP’s experts work with you to make sure that you don’t fall down at these usual hurdles and successfully continue your life in Australia.