All information in this topic is to be taken as
a guide only and may be outdated. The Department
of Immigration of Australia constantly modify
and update the rules for most types of Visas.
For actual and correct information, please
consult the official
website of the Department of Immigration.
Australian Citizenship is offered only to those who did apply to the Department of
Immigration and had fulfilled the requirements.
One of these requirements, is that the person
has to be living in Australia at least for 4
years with a valid visa and 1 year as Resident.
During this period the
person cannot be overseas for more than 90
Permanent Resident, is a person
who did apply for immigration and was approved and
was receiced a Permanent Resident Permit.
Note that as a Permanent Resident of Australia,
the person is entitled to legally live and work
in Australia but do not have the same rights as
a Citizen, such as unemployment benefit,
maternity leave, low income benefits, education
credits, and many others until receiving
A Permanent Resident has a time limit to travel and stay
outside Australia or the Permanent Resident
Visa will expire. Also, when going overseas the
person should obtain with the immigration
Department, a Resident Returning Visa,
before you leave Australia. It is a must to
observe the maximum period you can stay outside
Australia, and if for some reason you need more
time, talk with an official at the immigration
Department about your case and your needs.
Citizenship and Permanent Residency has
different meanings. As an analogy to understand
the differences, imagine a situation where I ask
you to live in your house with your family and
you say it is OK, and I can stay as long as I
want, but I am not a member of your family yet,
or have the same benefits as the rest of your
family such as Australian Passport, etc...Only
after a certain time, showing good character,
obeying the law of your home, and respecting the
values of your family, is that I will be
accepted as a member of your family. Nearly 100
thousand people per year became new Australians.
The application to become a Citizen of Australia
requires the condition above mentioned, plus
filling up a form where there are questions
about your period as a Permanent Resident.
Besides that, is required that you present 3
reference letters from persons of the society
who knows you, such as Doctors, Dentists,
Justice of Peace, Police, etc... Attesting
they know you for more than 2 years. Your
photograph in the application also must be
certified by a Justice of Peace attesting it is
you on the photo, all written and signed at the
backside of the photo.
After your Application for Citizenship is approved,
the Department of Immigration will make a public
Ceremony (usually to be held at the auditorium
of your local council) where it will be handled
to you your Citizenship Certificate. During the
ceremony, there are explanations about the
symbols of Australia, such as the flag and the
anthem, and some Australian typical foods.
Before the end of the ceremony, all new
Australians will be requested to say the
"pledge"( reproduced below").
this time forward, under god (under god puede ser
suprimido se usted preferir), I pledge my loyalty to
Australia and its people, whose democratic beleifs I
share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose
laws I will uphold and obey."
Note1: Australia recognises double Citizenship, meaning that you
don't loose your original Citizenship after
becoming an Australian.
2: Citizenship TEST:
Australian citizenship practice test. (
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