If you are a permanent resident of Australia and meet the other eligibility requirements, you might be able to apply for Australian citizenship by conferral.

Am I Eligible for the Australian Citizenship by Conferral

For most citizenship applicants, these include that you:

  • are a permanent resident at the time of application and time of decision
  • meet the residency requirements
  • are of good character
  • have a basic knowledge of the English language
  • intend to reside or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
  • have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.

If you are 60 years of age or over you are not required to sit the citizenship test.

General Residence Requirement for Australian Citizenship by Conferral

The general residence requirement for applicants who want to apply for the Australian citizenship by conferral is based on the amount of time you have lived in Australia.

You must meet all the following general residency requirements to be eligible for the Australia citizenship:

  • you have lived in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying, and
  • you must have been a permanent resident for the last 12 months
  • you must not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total during the 4-year period, including no more than 90 days in the 12 months before applying.

Under some circumstances, you might be eligible to apply for a variation to the residence requirement or be eligible under the special residence requirement.

Calculate Your Australian Permanent Residency

If you were granted an Australian permanent resident visa before you arrived in Australia, your permanent residence date is the date that you arrived in Australia on that Australian visa.

If you were granted an Australian permanent resident visa after you arrived in Australia, your permanent residence date will be the date that the Australian visa was granted.

Adding Children on Citizenship Application

You can include children under 16 years of age in your citizenship application if they are permanent residents.

Children under 16 years of age do not need to meet the residence requirements but must be permanent residents.

Citizenship Test

The Australian citizenship test consists of 20 questions drawn at random from a pool of questions. To pass the test, you must answer 75 percent, or 15 out of 20 questions, correctly. Try the practise test questions!

How Can Crux Migration Help

Crux Migration can assess your Australian citizenship eligibility and help you understand the processes and requirements involved.

You can book a consultation with our Migration Agents who will go through specific requirements with you. We can also assist you with your Australian Citizenship application by representing you from start to finish.