How to obtain Australian citizenship through naturalization?
When we travel to a foreign country,
whether for business, family visits, or vacation, we often find ourselves captivated by something that encourages us to extend our stay.
It's not uncommon for us to change our initial plans and decide to establish permanent residence in the country we are visiting.
If you are someone who wishes to become a permanent resident in Australia but is uncertain about the process, this article will provide you with comprehensive guidance on extending your stay and enjoying the same privileges as all Australian citizens.
Below, we will outline the process of obtaining Australian citizenship through naturalization, the required documents, associated costs, and all the essential information needed to become a permanent resident.
HOW TO ACQUIRE AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP THROUGH NATURALIZATION?
To obtain Australian citizenship, you must complete an application, which can be obtained from the Immigration Department of the Ministry of Home Affairs via its official website. Subsequently, the application should be submitted electronically, along with the necessary supporting documents.
WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT PATHS TO ATTAIN CITIZENSHIP?
There are various avenues to obtain Australian citizenship:
- Through ius sanguinis: This right is extended to any child born in another country to an Australian citizen.
- By ius soli: This is the inherent right to become an Australian citizen merely by being born within Australian borders.
It's important to note that obtaining Australian citizenship is not obligatory. This exception applies to the children of foreign nationals who are temporarily residing in Australia or involved in public service, as well as those who apply through a letter of nationalization.
To qualify for Australian citizenship through naturalization, you must meet specific criteria:
- Reside in Australia for a minimum of 10 years*.
- Possess a valid residence permit.
- Be at least 18 years old.
For minors, if one of their parents or guardians has obtained Australian citizenship, they can apply directly without waiting for 10 years of residency in the country.
Additionally, you must maintain a valid email address, possess a passport, and provide other documents confirming your identity in your country of origin. Furthermore, you must furnish a certificate of a clean criminal record from your country of origin and from all countries where you have resided over the past 10 years.
WHERE TO SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION
The Department of Immigration manages these procedures and exclusively accepts electronic applications along with all required documentation in digital format.