How to become an Australian Citizen

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Being an Australian citizen affords one all the benefits that comes with it. One enjoys all the privileges an Australian has like voting, applying for jobs in the public service or the army, apply for passports and even get elected to parliament. 

Australia Immigration and Citizenship 

To apply for Australian citizenship, you should have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for a 3 years in the 5 years before making the Australian citizenship application. Which includes a period of 1 year in the 2 years before the Australian citizenship application is made.

Individuals applying for permanent residency would have been working in Australia on either a Family Sponsored Visa or Australia Skilled Independent Visa. These visas are the Australia visas commonly used in citizenship applications.

Australian Citizenship can be gained by descent, adoption, or resumption, most individuals gain their citizenship after living in Australia as permanent residents. People who are spouses of Australian citizens or children of former citizens also gain citizenship.

The processing time to become a citizen of Australia is often a long and complicated, and it is usually determined by the Australian immigration authorities. 

What are the Responsibilities and Privileges of Citizenship?

There are some obligations which an Australian Citizen must live up to which makes you a good citizen and they include obeying the law, defending Australia if necessary, serving on a jury, and voting.

Citizens must also pledge that they share Australia’s democratic beliefs, rights, and liberties. Australian citizens are entitled to freedom which include freedom of speech, freedom of association, and freedom of religion and secular government.

Australian citizens have the right to vote in federal and state elections, the right to apply for work in the Australian Public Service of Australian Defence Force, and the right to seek election to parliament. Being a citizen also gives you the right to apply for an Australian passport and enter Australia at any time you want. You are also entitle to receiving help from Australian officials if necessary where they defend your rights and freedom. The Citizen’s children will also gain citizenship by descent if they are abroad and you will be able to sponsor other family members to come to Australia to visit or work.  

What is Revocation?

 The Law in Australia allows the government to take away an individual’s Australian citizenship if they have committed a serious offence at any time before or after being a citizen, and they are usually convicted for 12 months or more for that offence.

 



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