Quick Guide

Currently 75% of citizenship applications are processed within 20 months from the date of application to ceremony and 15% within 27 months.  The remaining applications may take longer due to checks and assessments.

Generally, you must have been residing in Australia on a valid visa for the last 4 years; must have been a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for the last 12 months; and must have been outside Australia for no more than 12 months in total in the last 4 years, including no more than 90 days in the last 12 months.

Yes, you must be a permanent resident unless you are an eligible New Zealand citizen

Who is an eligible New Zealand citizen?

You are an eligible New Zealand citizen if you arrived in Australia with a New Zealand passport and:

  • You were in Australia on 26 February 2001;
  • You were in Australia for 12 months in the 2 years prior to 26 February 2001; or
  • You were assessed as a Special Category visa (SCV) holder and were issued a Centrelink certificate that states that you were residing in Australia at a particular time.

No, a Partner (subclass 820) visa is a temporary visa not a permanent visa. Partner (subclass 801) visa is a permanent visa. To apply for Australian citizenship you must be a permanent resident for at least 12 months.

Yes, all applicants including children under the age of 16 must be permanent residents.