Australian citizenship consultants since 1995
Find out what you need to know about on the following routes to Australian citizenship:
- Birth in Australia
- Citizenship by descent
- Through residency
Birth in Australia
If you were born in Australia between 26 January 1949 and 20 August 1986, then an application can be made for Australian citizenship. Once that is approved, an application for a passport can be made.
A birth in Australia after 20 August 1986 does not automatically result in Australian citizenship, as the nationality and status of the parents will dictate whether a claim to citizenship can be made.
- Children born to foreign diplomats resident in Australia do not acquire Australian citizenship
- Children born in Australia to persons on a temporary visa (like the employer sponsored 457 visas) are not Australian by birth and would need to obtain a visa to regulate their stay in Australia
Citizenship through residency
Australian citizenship can be granted after a period of continuous residency (four years) in Australia on a qualifying visa, including 12 months as a permanent resident.
Examples of visas and statuses that qualify for continuous residency include:
Examples of visas and statuses that do not qualify for continuous residency include:
- Illegal residency
- Student visas
- Tourist visas
- Non-eligible New Zealand citizens (including their partner or family members)
- Investor retirement visas
- Business long stay visas