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Eligibility for citizenship
To apply for Australian citizenship, you must meet the eligibility requirements. The general eligibility requirements for Australian citizenship, if you are aged between 18 and 59, are that:
- You have been living in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years;
- You have been a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for the past 12 months;
- You have been outside Australia for no more than 12 months in total for the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the past 12 months;
- You must be of good character;
- You have knowledge of Australia; and
- You have a close and continuing link to Australia.
If you do not meet one or more of the above requirements or for specific case information, we recommend that you seek legal advice. The eCitizenship system does not provide advice.
You can use our easy to use self-help system to successfully complete your form 1300t and follow the provided instructions to correctly lodge your citizenship application.
Citizenship Application Cost
eCitizenship charges of $160 is for use of its services. The DHA’s fees are not included in this price. If you meet the general eligibility requirements for Australian citizenship (ie using form 1300t), the DHA fee is $285. Fee concessions and exemptions are available for the DHA fee. See the DHA website for further information.
Australian Citizenship Test
Most applicants aged between 18 and 59 years will receive an appointment letter for the interview and to sit the standard test. The time from when you apply to your appointment date can take several months depending on the current processing times.
Most applicants must sit the Australian citizenship test to show that they understand what it means to be an Australian citizen. You will be tested about Australia and its people; Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights and liberties; the government and the law in Australia; and Australian values. To pass the Australian citizenship test, you must score at least 75% of the first part and correctly answer all 5 questions on Australian values.
Citizenship Certificate and Australian Passport
After you have passed your Australian citizenship test and your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony where you will repeat or read the Australian Citizenship Pledge and be awarded your Australian Citizenship Certificate.
Once you are an Australian Citizen, some of the benefits include being able to:
- Apply for an Australian passport;
- Leave and re-enter Australia as many times as you want;
- Vote in elections and Constitutional referenda and plebiscites; and
- Access lower education costs and student loans (eg a HECS-HELP loan).
Your will receive a letter by post notifying you of the outcome of your application. If your application is approved, you will receive an invitation to attend a ceremony and make a pledge of commitment. A citizenship ceremony is where you make the Australian citizenship pledge and receive your Australian Citizenship Certificate. For most applicants, this is the final step in the journey to becoming an Australian citizen. An invitation to a ceremony will be sent to you within 6 months after the approval of your application, but waiting times vary.