Australian Citizenship

EasyMigrate can assist you in obtaining the Australian Citizenship status if you comply with the current Australian requirements under one of the two below circumstances.

If you got your permanent residency before 1 July 2007 and apply before 30 June 2010:

  • You must have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for 2 years in last five years; and
  • You must have lived in Australia for 12 months in last 24 months

(These calculations are cumulative, the stay does not need to be "at a stretch")

If you are applying after 1 July 2010:

  • You need to have held a substantive visa (temporary or permanent) allowing you to be legally in Australia for at least four years;
  • You have physically lived in Australia for at least three out of last four years (cumulative);
  • You hold a permanent residency visa for at least last 12 months; and
  • You have not been out of Australia for more than 3 months in last 12 months.

Why should I become a citizen?

Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.

Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Our country has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and those who came later from all over the world. We celebrate this diversity and at the same time, strive for a unified and harmonious nation.

The strength of the Australian community means that we work together to solve problems and to make Australia the great country that it is. We have a stable system of government and, by and large, Australians respect its authority and laws. Our stability, our culture and our laws have been shaped by our history. By joining the Australian community, you will inherit this history and you will be in a position to contribute to it.

Responsibilities and Privileges of Australian Citizenship

As a permanent resident of Australia, you have already enjoyed living in a free and democratic society. When you become an Australian citizen, you will have new responsibilities. You will also have a range of new benefits.

Responsibilities – what you will give Australia.

As an Australian citizen you must:

  • Obey the law
  • Defend Australia should the need arise
  • Serve on a jury if called to do so
  • Vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • See: Australian Electoral Commission

Privileges – what Australia will give you.

As an Australian citizen you have the right to:

  • Vote in federal and state or territory elections, and in a referendum
  • Apply for work in the Australian Public Service or in the Australian Defence Force
  • Seek election to parliament
  • Apply for an Australian passport and re-enter Australia freely
  • Receive help from an Australian official while overseas
  • Register children born overseas as Australian citizens by descent.

Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties

At the citizenship ceremony, you pledge that you share Australia’s democratic beliefs and that you respect the rights and liberties of the people of Australia.

Our democratic beliefs:

  • Parliamentary democracy
  • The rule of law
  • Living peacefully
  • Respect for all individuals regardless of background
  • Compassion for those in need

Our freedoms:

  • Freedom of speech and freedom of expression
  • Freedom of association
  • Freedom of religion and secular government

Our equalities:

  • Equality in Australia
  • Equality of men and women
  • Equality of opportunity

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