Obtaining Australian citizenship is the end of the road for many migrants and their migration dream. Australia allows dual or multiple citizenships; it will be an absolute privilege if you are eligible.
There are various ways to become an Australian citizen as a migrant. It usually requires you to meet the general residence requirement and that you be a good character.
Merely being born in Australia does not automatically mean you attain Australian citizenship.
Sometimes, you may be eligible for Australian citizenship even if you don’t meet the residence requirement.
Become an Australian Citizen
People born in Australia before 20 August 1986 automatically become Australian citizens at birth.
If you were born on or after 20 August 1986, then you are automatically an Australian only if at least one of your parents were an Australian citizen or permanent resident at the time of your birth.
If you were born to a non-Australian parent, then the only way to become an Australian citizen is by residing in Australia for at least 10 years. Then, regardless of your parents’ visa status (even if you and your family are unlawful), you may be considered an Australian citizen by the operation of law.
The most common way for migrants is to acquire an Australian citizenship by conferral.
Generally, you are required to have been residing in Australia lawfully for at least 4 years, and in the last 12 months as a permanent resident. This is referred to as the ‘residence requirement’.
You must be of good character and if you are under 60 years of age, then you must pass the citizenship test.