Australian Citizenship

Requirements

Due to proposed legislation changes, now is the perfect time to apply for Australian Citizenship:

proposed changes from 1 July 2018
introducing an English test
strengthening the Australian Values Statement
review “important” for more information

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Oz Migration Agent can assist you navigate the recent proposed changes:

we can work closely with you to understand your circumstances and how the proposed changes will impact you
we can make the process as pain-free as possible and guide you through the legal changes as they come into law

Now is the perfect time to apply for your Australian Citizenship. The Government has recently announced, subject to the passage of legislation, further changes to the eligibility of Australian Citizenship.

Oz Migration Agent offers professional registered migration agent services with a proven track record in assisting clients with their Citizenship application process. Now is the perfect time to get your application lodged, prior to the potential eligibility changes on 1 July 2018 (subject to the passage of legislation).

If you apply before 1 July 2018 (subject to the passage of legislation), your application will be assessed against the current eligibility criteria.

For current eligibility criteria, see Application options to become an Australian citizen.
For application processing times, see  Global visa and citizenship processing times.

If you apply on or after 1 July 2018 (subject to the passage of legislation)

From 1 July 2018 (subject to the passage of legislation), the new requirements for Australian citizenship will take effect. If you apply for Australian citizenship on or after this date, your application will be assessed against the new requirements.

What are the new requirements?

As a result of the proposed amendments and subject to the passage of legislation, the new requirements for citizenship will come into effect on 1 July 2018 and include:

  • increasing the general residence requirement, which means applicants for Australian citizenship will need to have a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their
  • application for citizenship with no more than one year spent outside Australia during that period
  • completing a separate English language test, where applicants will need to demonstrate English language listening, speaking, reading and writing skills at the modest level before applying for citizenship by conferral
  • strengthening the Australian values statement to include reference to allegiance to Australia and requiring applicants to undertake to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community
  • strengthening the test for Australian citizenship through the addition of new test questions about Australian values and the privileges and responsibilities of Australian citizenship
  • a requirement for applicants to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community
  • strengthening the pledge to refer to allegiance to Australia, and extending the requirement to make the pledge to applicants aged 16 years and over for all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by descent, adoption and resumption.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

The citizenship test is designed to assess whether you have an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

The test is also designed to assess whether you have a basic knowledge of the English language. English is our national language. Communicating in English helps you to play a more active role in Australian society. It helps you to take full advantage of education, employment and the other opportunities Australia has to offer

A number of special days and events are celebrated in Australia and citizenship and affirmation ceremonies are often held as part of the celebrations. These include:

​The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code, further information and products for ceremony and event organisers is available.

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

Citizenship ceremonies

The final step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people, is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony.

Citizenship ceremonies are special events. They fulfil requirements under Australian citizenship law. They also provide an important opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. They are often an emotional experience for the new citizen, as well as their host and guests.

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony often follows a citizenship ceremony, giving everyone present an opportunity to publicly affirm their loyalty to Australia in a similar way to new citizens.

Attending your ceremony

Once your application has been approved, you will be invited to attend your ceremony where you will make the Australian Citizenship Pledge.
See: Attending your citizenship ceremony

Australian Citizenship Pledge

Most people are required to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at a citizenship ceremony. In doing so you are making a public commitment to Australia and accepting the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship.
See: Australian Citizenship Pledge

Australian Citizenship Affirmation

An Australian citizenship affirmation ceremony is a short ceremony where those present can publicly affirm their loyalty and commitment to Australia and its people by reciting an affirmation that is based on the Australian citizenship pledge.
See: Australian Citizenship Affirmation

Organising a ceremony

Most citizenship ceremonies are organised and hosted by local councils. The Australian Citizenship Ceremonies Code provides guidance and highlights the legal requirements for conducting citizenship and affirmation ceremonies. You can download a copy of the Code and order ceremony related products.
See: Organising a ceremony

The Minister’s Message

The Minister’s message is a special welcoming message which is read at citizenship ceremonies.
See: The Minister’s Message

 

source: Department of Immigration and Border Protection

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