Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.
Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community.
Australian Citizenship options are available if you are one of the following:
- born overseas to an Australian citizen
- adopted by an Australian citizen
- migrant with permanent residence
- spouse or partner of an Australian citizen
- New Zealand citizen living in Australia
- child of a former Australian citizen
- Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme arrival
- Refugee or humanitarian entrant
- person born in Papua before independence in 1975
The final legal step in the journey to become an Australian citizen, for most people is to make a Pledge of Commitment at an Australian citizenship ceremony. Generally, you will be invited to attend a citizenship ceremony at your local council within 3 months of being approved, although waiting times can vary. As an Australian citizen you must always leave and enter Australia on an Australian passport. If you also have a passport from another country you can use that for travel once you have left Australia.