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There are four pathways to obtaining Australian citizenship.

Automatic citizenship

If one parent of the applicant is an Australian citizen or permanent resident, the child born in Australia is an automatic citizen of Australia.

Citizenship by Descent

You may be eligible to become an Australian citizen by descent if you were born outside Australia on or after 26 January 1949 and if one of your parents was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth.

Citizenship by Conferral

You may be eligible to become an Australian citizen by conferral if you are a permanent resident and have resided in Australia for a required period of time and meet all other criteria.

Generally, the residence requirements for Australian citizenship by conferral are:

  1. You have lawfully resided in Australia for four years;
  2. You have not been outside Australia collectively for one year in the last four years; and
  3. You have not been outside Australia for three months in the last one year.
You must be of good character if you are 18 years of age or over and likely reside in, or maintain a close and continuing connection with Australia.

Resuming citizenship

This option is available to former Australian citizens who renounced their Australian citizenship and wish to apply for Australian citizenship again provided they become eligible to do so.

If you need assistance specific advice in relation to citizenship, get in touch with Wickham Lawyers today!



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