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  • Jenny Murphy MARN 0852535

How to obtain Australian citizenship

Becoming a citizen by conferral is a common way to become an Australian citizen.

The main requirements for Australian citizenship are:

  • You must be a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen of Australia.

  • You must meet the residence requirement (unless certain exemptions or special circumstances apply.

  • You must be of good character

  • You must pass a citizenship test

  • You must demonstrate a basic knowledge of the English language

  • You must demonstrate a close and continuing link to Australia

To meet the residence requirement you must:

  • be living in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years,

  • be a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for the past 12 months,

  • be away from Australia for no more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the past 12 months

If you are a permanent resident and you are keen to understand why you should become an Australian citizen, and to check your eligibility, contact SCA Connect today.

Disclaimer: The information provided herein is of a general nature only and does not constitute immigration advice. For more detailed and case-specific information or advice, please contact SCA Connect.

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