In order to qualify for Australian citizenship the applicant must be able to demonstrate that they:
- have lived in Australia for four years as a lawful resident, with at least 12 months as a permanent resident; and
- have not been absent from Australia for a total of more than 12 months in these four years, including no more than three months in the year before the application for citizenship is made.
It is important to note that there are several exemptions and discretions that can apply in relation to the above criteria, which are too detailed to be listed here. Citizenship applicants also need to sit and pass a citizenship 'test'. There are also exemptions with regard to who needs to sit the test.
Many aspects of obtaining Australian citizenship are complex - the information provided here is intended as a basic guide and does not include all available paths to citizenship.
How we can help:
We can handle every aspect of the application process, with a view to making it as streamlined and stress-free as possible. This will include preparation of the relevant application forms, collation of the required supporting documentation and liaison with the authorities. Please contact Joanne Baldwin or click here for full contact information.
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