There are a number of ways to become an Australian citizen, the main paths being: citizenship by descent & citizenship by conferral. A brief summary of each pathway follows:
- Citizenship by descent
A person born overseas can apply for citizenship by descent if, at the time of their birth, at least one parent was an Australian citizen. Some restrictions apply.
Australian parents can apply for citizenship by descent on their child’s behalf.
- Citizenship by conferral
Australian permanent residents who: have been on a permanent visa and resided in Australian for a minimum of four years; have at least a basic knowledge of English; a favourable character check; and, pass the Australian Citizenship Test, may be eligible for citizenship by conferral. Sometimes you are also asked to have an interview as part of the application process.
To become a citizen you must: show a desire to remain in Australia; respect Australia’s democratic beliefs, and the rights and liberties of Australian society; and, have established links in the community.
There are two versions of the Australian citizenship pledge people can recite at their Australian citizenship ceremony. One version mentions God, the other doesn’t:
- Citizenship pledge 1
For this time forward, under God, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.
- Citizenship pledge 2
For this time forward, I pledge my loyalty to Australia and its people, whose democratic beliefs I share, whose rights and liberties I respect, and whose laws I will uphold and obey.
AU Visas runs classes in Sydney, as numbers dictate, on Australian citizenship. At these classes you will learn about citizenship regulations, and be given help and advice about doing the Australian Citizenship Test. For more information on the next class please ring or fill out our Enquiry form.