Application Forms for Australian Citizenship Apply as Permanent Resident There are two different application forms to apply for Australian citizenship. To determine which form to use select the situation below that best suits you: 1. General Application Form t If you are 18 or older and under 60 years of age you have to use form t. This form is available as a paper form or you can use the online application. This form is also available as paper form and you can also fill it out online. You also have to use form in the following special circumstances: if you you suffer from a substantial impairment or loss of hearing, speech or sight, or if you can provide specialist medical evidence of a permanent or enduring physical or mental incapacity which means you are not capable of: understanding the nature of your application, or demonstrating a basic knowledge of the English language, or demonstrating an adequate knowledge of Australia and of the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship Download the paper form here.
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You are on page 1of 21 Search inside document Application for Australian citizenship General eligibility t This information is provided to help you complete the application form and guide you through the application process. Important Please read this information carefully before you complete your application.
Once you have completed your application we strongly advise that you keep a copy for your records. There are 10 steps in the citizenship application process. The Citizenship Wizard on the citizenship website can help you check your eligibility. New Zealand citizens Special eligibility conditions apply for New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia before 26 February see New Zealand citizens on page 8.
Step 4 Step 5 Step 6 Children Children under 16 years of age can be included on a responsible parents application form. They are also able to apply in their own right by completing form Application for Australian citizenship Other situations which must be signed by a responsible parent.
The Australian Citizenship Act defines responsible parent in relation to a child as: a parent, unless that parent does not have parental responsibility because of orders made by the Family Court of Australia, or any person having responsibility over the child because of an order made by the Family Court, or any person who has guardianship or custody of the child under an Australian law or a foreign law, whether because of adoption, operation of law, an order of a court or otherwise. Children 16 or 17 years of age will need to complete their own application using form Application for Australian citizenship Other situations.
Step 7 Step 8 Step 9 Step 10 Citizenship ceremony attend a citizenship ceremony and make the pledge You must be in Australia when the department makes a decision about your application except in certain, limited circumstances described in Step 2 Residence requirement. Integrity of application The department is committed to maintaining the integrity of the visa and citizenship programs.
Please be aware that if you provide us with fraudulent documents or claims, this may result in processing delays and possibly your application being refused.
Step 2 Residence requirement The residence requirement is based on the time you have lived in Australia and the time you have spent outside Australia. The Residence Requirement Calculator on the citizenship website can help you calculate whether you meet this requirement. General residence requirement Home page www. If you are outside Australia, please contact your nearest Australian mission.
Permanent residents must: have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident, and not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying.
Additional documents are required to apply for either of these special residence requirements. For more information see Special residence requirements applicants on page 9. Note: If you have spent time in prison or a psychiatric institution by order of a court in the 4 years immediately before making your application, that time during which you were confined cannot be counted as residence in Australia.
If you spent time outside Australia, are a permanent resident, hold an interdependent visa and your interdependent partner was an Australian citizen during your periods of absence, you may treat those periods of absence as time in Australia if you had a close and continuing association with Australia during those periods of absence for the purposes of meeting the 12 months permanent residence requirement. You will need to provide documents to support your claims at the time you lodge your application.
Step 3 Prepare for the citizenship test Everything you need to know to help you pass the citizenship test is contained in the citizenship test resource Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond. The resource is available in either book or DVD format and both versions contain 20 practice questions.
The book has also been translated into 37 languages. Visit the citizenship website at www. Relevant Defence Service You meet the residence requirement if you: have served 90 days in the permanent forces of the Commonwealth of Australia, or have served 6 months full attendance days in the navy, army or air force reserve of the Commonwealth of Australia, or were discharged from defence service as medically unfit for service as a result of that service. Step 4 Original documents You will need to provide the department with a range of documents to prove that you are who you say you are and to establish you have not had any serious criminal convictions.
These documents are called proof of identity and good character documents. When applying for a Ministerial discretion to enable you to meet the residence requirement or concession fees, you will need to provide additional documents these are called supporting documents. You must provide original documents at your citizenship appointment. If you have to get documents from overseas this can take time. You will not be able to complete the application process without these documents.
Ministerial discretions There are a number of ministerial discretions which may be applied to an application to assist a person to meet the residence requirement for Australian citizenship. If you were in Australia as an unlawful non-citizen during the 4 years immediately before making your application and it was as the result of an administrative error, then that period of time may be treated as a period of lawful residence in Australia.
If you were in Australia as a lawful non-citizen but not as a permanent resident as the result of an administrative error, then that period of time may be treated as a period of permanent residence.
If you were in Australia as a lawful non-citizen, but not as a permanent resident, then that period of time may be treated as a period of permanent residence if you would otherwise suffer significant hardship or disadvantage. Time spent in prison or a psychiatric institution by order of a court in the 4 years immediately before making your application may be counted as time in Australia if your conviction has been quashed.
If you are the spouse or de facto partner of an Australian citizen, or are the surviving spouse or partner of an Australian citizen at the time you make your application, you may treat periods of time spent outside Australia as a permanent resident as time in Australia if your spouse or de facto partner was an Australian citizen during those periods of absence and you can demonstrate that you maintained a close and continuing association with Australia during those periods of absence. Translations and certified copies If your documents are not in English, you must provide official translations.
In Australia, you must use translators accredited by the National Accreditation Authority of Translators and Interpreters. For more information, see www. These copies must be certified by a person with the appropriate authority. See Identity declarations list of professions on page 9 for people who may certify documents.
If you are outside Australia when applying, contact the Australian diplomatic mission in the country that issued the documents for advice on acceptable translators, and who can certify your original documents. If you need to provide overseas penal clearance certificates with your application, you must provide original certificates. For yourself, you must provide the following documents. Three original documents that collectively show your: photograph signature current residential address birth name, date of birth and gender.
Proof of change of name, if applicable. Part E Identity declaration completed by a person with the appropriate authority. If you do not provide these documents, your application will not be accepted and will be returned to you. Evidence of your current residential address A utilities notice eg. Proof of identity documents that show a: birth name and date of birth photograph and current name, if available.
The following checklist will help you identify suitable documents. If you have difficulty finding suitable documents please call the Citizenship Information Line. Children The following documents are required for all children under 16 years of age A full birth certificate or family register containing parents details Passport or travel document Evidence of links between birth name and current name, if applicable One passport-sized photograph and identity declaration signed by an Australian citizen with the appropriate authority Proof of identity checklist Attach certified copies of relevant documents to your application.
Bring the original documents to your appointment. The identity declaration must be completed and signed by an Australian citizen who: has known you for at least one year and belongs to a profession on the list on page 9, and is not related to you by birth, marriage or de facto relationship, and is easy to contact by telephone during normal working hours.
The photograph should be carefully attached to the front of the application form without obscuring the image, or you can place the photograph in a plastic sleeve or envelope and staple it to the form.
The photograph must be: no more than 6 months old a full-face view of your head and shoulders untinted prescription glasses can be worn a photograph that shows facial features only is acceptable if you wear a head covering for religious reasons of good quality, in colour, against a plain, light coloured background laser copies are not acceptable. Note: If you are outside Australia when applying you can have the identity declaration completed by a citizen of your country of residence who has known you for at least one year and belongs to a profession on the list on page 9.
If more than one national police check is required during the processing of your application, the department will contact you and request that you complete another form. If any of the following circumstances apply to you, your application for Australian citizenship cannot be approved: when proceedings for an offence against an Australian law including proceedings by way of appeal or review are pending.
Children You will need to provide an identity declaration and endorsed photograph for each child in your application. If you have more children than the space on the application form allows, please use form Identity declaration for each additional child. The declaration and photograph should be signed by an Australian citizen who has known your child for at least one year and belongs to a profession on the list on page 9.
In the case of children under 6 years of age, if no Australian citizen has known them for one year, then the declaration can be signed by someone who has known them for less than one year and belongs to a profession on the list on page 9.
The photograph of each child should be individually attached to the front of the application form without obscuring the image, or you can place the photographs in a plastic sleeve or envelope and staple it to the form.
Good character If you are 18 years of age or over, you will also need to be assessed under the good character requirement. Convictions You must tell the department about any convictions you may have had in Australia or overseas. A conviction is a criminal charge leading to a guilty verdict in a court of law resulting in imprisonment or a fine or good behaviour bond.
A traffic infringement, such as an on-the-spot speeding or parking fine is not considered a conviction. If any of the above apply to you at the time you lodge your application please call the Citizenship Information Line.
Spent convictions You must declare spent convictions in your application. The spent convictions law allows people with minor convictions to disregard those convictions after a certain period of time. A conviction may be considered spent if: it is 10 years since the date of the conviction or 5 years for juvenile offenders , and the person was not sentenced to imprisonment for more than 30 months, and the person has not re-offended during the 10 years or 5 years for juveniles period, and a statutory or prescribed exclusion does not apply.
The department is allowed to ask you for this information for the purpose of assessing your application. Circumstances when an application cannot be approved If any of the following circumstances apply to you, your application for Australian citizenship cannot be approved: your identity cannot be verified. If you have an Australian citizen spouse or partner the decision maker may use a discretion to approve your application while you are outside Australia.
You may need to supply an overseas penal clearance certificate as part of your documentation if you are 18 years of age or over. Please refer to form i Citizenship fees on the website for the list of eligible concession cards for a fee concession A letter from the Child Migrants Trust as evidence of arrival as part of the Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme, for example a letter from the Child Migrants Trust When to provide overseas penal clearance certificates Penal clearance certificates from overseas countries are required if: you lived or travelled outside Australia since the age of 18 years or over, and you held a permanent Australian visa at that time, and the total time spent outside Australia added up to 12 months or more, and the time spent in any one country was more than 90 days, or requested by the department.
You will need to provide original overseas penal clearance certificates from each country where you spent more than 90 days. In addition, New Zealand citizens who do not hold a permanent visa, must provide a penal clearance certificate from New Zealand if they have left Australia since the age of 18, irrespective of destination or the amount of time spent overseas.
For more information contact the Citizenship Information Line. Information about where to obtain an overseas penal clearance certificate by country can be obtained from the citizenship website or contact the Citizenship Information Line.
Supporting documents Documents supporting your application are required for a variety of reasons, such as: to request a Ministerial discretion to enable you to meet the residence requirement to provide evidence that your spouse or partner is an Australian citizen to provide evidence that you are the responsible parent of children included in your application to claim fee concessions form i Citizenship fees provides a list of fees and concessions.
The following checklist provides a list of supporting documents commonly required. Attach certified copies of relevant documents to your application. Bring original documents to your appointment. You may be required to provide additional documents to those listed. If you are overseas when you are applying, you should check the website of the nearest overseas Australian immigration office for more information before posting your application to Australia.
The National Archives of Australia can help with documents pre, call Evidence for the special residence requirement If you are seeking to engage in activities that are supported by particular organisations including the Australian Olympic and Paralympics committees, Tennis Australia or a federal government agency, a letter of support detailing your participation is required If you have been engaged in particular kinds of work requiring regular travel outside Australia, evidence from an employer that shows you worked as a member of a crew of a ship or aircraft or worked on resources or sea installations for a total of 2 years in the past 4 years is required Proof that although you have spent periods of time overseas, your home has been in Australia.
Examples of proof may include the presence of a spouse or children in Australia, evidence of property, tenancy agreements, rates notices or income tax payments Documents relating to children Any orders relating to the custody, guardianship or parental responsibility for your child, if applicable Evidence of adoption of your child, if your child was adopted overseas Step 5 Complete your application form Please use a pen, and write neatly in English using BLOCK LETTERS.
Corrections made with liquid paper are not acceptable. Part A Your details Part A requires you to provide your personal details and show that you satisfy the residence requirement. If you change address during the application process you must tell the department your new address. Part B Your children Children under 16 years of age can be included in a parents application providing that parent has responsibility for them, or legal custody.
Part C Your parents Part C requires you to provide the personal details of both your parents or adopted parents, if applicable including whether they have been known by any other names.
You are on page 1of 21 Search inside document Application for Australian citizenship General eligibility t This information is provided to help you complete the application form and guide you through the application process. Important Please read this information carefully before you complete your application. Once you have completed your application we strongly advise that you keep a copy for your records. There are 10 steps in the citizenship application process. The Citizenship Wizard on the citizenship website can help you check your eligibility. New Zealand citizens Special eligibility conditions apply for New Zealand citizens who arrived in Australia before 26 February see New Zealand citizens on page 8.
Australian Citizenship Application Form
FORM 1300T: APPLICATION FOR AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP