Australian Citizenship Help

FAQs

Form 1300t is the citizenship application form that you use if you meet the general eligibility requirements for Australia citizenship. Adults aged 18 to 59 years old must complete form 1300t unless certain circumstances exist. For example, if you have permanent loss or impairment of hearing, speech or sight; or have an have enduring physical or mental incapacity that means you cannot understand the nature of your application, demonstrate basic knowledge of English or demonstrate an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship, in which case they may complete form 1290. If you are under 16 years and applying on your own; aged 16 or 17; or aged 60 years or older, then you can complete form 1290 rather than form 1300t. Children under the age of 16 can be included in their parent’s citizenship application. The child must still be a permanent resident at the time of application and decision. Children aged 16 or 17 must complete form 1290. The child must still satisfy the residency requirements, outlined on our eligibility page, unless they can show that they would suffer significant hardship or disadvantage if they had to meet this requirement.

For applicants 18 years and older, when using form 1300t, the general document requirements include at least one of each of the following documents:

  • A current document with your photograph and/or signature, such as an Australian driver’s licence or passport;
  • Evidence of your current residence, such as a utilities notice or rental contract;
  • Evidence of your date of birth, birth name and any changes of name, such as a full birth certificate and an official marriage certificate for change of name;
  • Evidence of your identity in the community, meaning one passport-sized photograph with requisite identity declaration; and
  • Evidence of when you first arrived in Australia and your current country of citizenship, such as a current and previous passport or a travel document with a visa such as a Document for Travel to Australia, Titre de Voyage or ImmiCard.

These are only the general document requirements. You may need to supply further documents during your application. Different requirements may exist for children and other applicants using form 1290.

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

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.