Becoming a citizen of Australia is the final legal step in your migration story. It is a process in which a non-Australian citizen voluntarily becomes an Australian citizen. Australian citizens pledge their loyalty to Australia and its people and are then entitled to its protection and to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Great news from the Australian Department of Home Affair’s citizenship program is that they’ve managed to decrease their citizenship processing times by 42% since July 2022. Pending applications are at their lowest point in six years. If you are ready to take the next step and discover the unique benefits of Australian citizenship, there’s never been a better time.
Australian passports have just become more powerful!
Every year, the world’s passports are ranked according to how much power they wield.
Australia has climbed up the rankings from 8th to 6th. Its passport holders can travel to 186 destinations without a visa or where they can obtain a visa, visitor’s permit, or an electronic travel authority upon arrival.
You may also qualify for other government benefits and services. If you hold a permanent resident visa, but you are not residing in Australia, your eligibility for the above may be impacted. Contact the relevant authorities to confirm your rights and obligations.
You can find all information about Australian Pension on https://www.servicesaustralia.gov.au/
When you become an Australian citizen, you will have new responsibilities in your new country. You will also be eligible for a range of new benefits expressly for Australian Citizens.
As an Australian citizen, you must:
As an Australian citizen, you have the right to:
Generally, you become an Australian citizen automatically if you are born in Australia AND one or both of your parents are Australian citizens or permanent residents when you are born.
There are situations where a former Australian citizen wishes to apply again for citizenship, they may be eligible to become an Australian citizen if they ceased to be a Citizen either under the current Act or the old Citizenship Act 1948. The individual must make a new application to become a citizen again.
For New Zealand citizens living in Australia to become an Australian citizen, as of 1 July 2023, there is no longer a requirement to have to become an Australian permanent resident first.
Children born to SCV holders from 1 July 2022 are now deemed to be Australian citizens by birth.
If your citizenship application is refused, you have the right to ask for the decision to be reviewed by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Your letter of notification will advise you where you can lodge your application for review and the time limits for applying. Should you need advice for an Administrative Appeals Tribunal hearing (Highly Advised) Migration Downunder can help you to prepare a submission for review.
I was referred to Migration Downunder by a friend who had used their services. I used MD for both my PR application as well as my Australian citizenship. I found the experience to be very professional, structured, affordable and the communication was seamless.
It feels good to go through the process and eventually become a citizen and be a part of Australia. I also look forward to enjoying the privileges and responsibilities of being a citizen.
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