Apply for Australian citizenship

You are an Australian permanent resident and would like to become an Australian citizen? Visapath can help you and steer you through the whole process.

Becoming an Australian citizen

Becoming an Australien citizen brings many benefits. Other than a permanent resident, who has to re-apply for a Resident Return visa every five years in order to have the right to return to Australia after international travel, an Australian citizen does not need an Australian visa and can, therefore, not lose the right to return to Australia, even after longer periods of absence. There are different ways of how you can become an Australian citizen. People born overseas to an Australian citizen can apply for citizenship by descent. For Australian residents who have been living in Australia for several years, there is the option of gaining citizenship by conferral. For the latter, certain formal requirements have to be met.

The most important eligibility criteria for citizenship by conferral:

  • Having lived continuously and legally in Australia for at least four years, 12 months of which as a permanent resident
  • Having not been absent for more than 12 months in the last 4 years and not more than 90 days in the last year.
  • Intention to continue living in Australia or to maintain a close relationship with Australia
  • Be of good character and able to provide respective evidence

If you are able to meet these requirements, applying for citizenship may be worth considering. However, becoming an Australian citizen is not a speedy process. On the contrary, it takes several months to have the formal application approved, get an invitation to sit the citizenship test and eventually receive the citizenship certificate. Due to the fact that the citizenship application is a fairly complex one as it requires a lot of personal information and detailed documentation, it can be difficult to grasp every aspect, especially if this is something you are not dealing with every day. Furthermore, it is not only important to simply check whether the eligibility criteria are met, but also be aware of your obligations while the application is pending. Mindfulness is crucial since formal errors or providing incomplete or incorrect information cannot only delay the (already long) process significantly, it may even result in a refusal of citizenship. Therefore, the decision to start the citizenship process should be a well-informed one.

Your pathway to Australian citizenship

Start your way towards citizenship with us. We will guide you through the process - in 3 simple steps.

Initial consultation

$150.-

In a 30-minute consultation, a registered migration agent will give you an overview of the application process, its costs and the most important eligibility requirements for becoming an Australian citizen and discuss your individual situation in order to establish whether you meet the general eligibility criteria. 

Eligibility assessment

$380.-

The next step is to thoroughly assess your particular situation and circumstances. This entails formally verifying the residency requirement, an assessment of the legal requirements based on your circumstances and what evidence is required to prove that in order to identify potential roadblocks beforehand.

Citizenship application

from $550.-

Equipped with the details and information from the eligibility assessment, you can take care of the application process yourself if you feel comfortable. However, if you would like to have additional support, we offer different service packages depending on the level of support and assistance you require. 

Step 1: Initial consultation

$150.-

In a 30-minute consultation, a registered migration agent will give you an overview of the application process, its costs and the most important eligibility requirements for becoming an Australian citizen and discuss your individual situation in order to establish whether you meet the eligibility criteria.

During the initial consultation, we will especially focus on the following:

  • Residency requirements: You must have lived in Australia in the last 4 years in oder to be eligible for citizenship. When assessing the residency requirement, several aspects are important and have to be taken into your account, such as your visa status during this time and the amount of days you have not been physically present and spent outside of Australia, especially during the last 12 months. If the residency requirement is not met, the application will be refused.
  • Character requirements: Being of good character is an essential eligibility criterion. If you have any criminal convictions (not only in Australia, but in any other country), this has to be addressed. Furthermore, it is crucial to discuss whether those things have been disclosed in previous applications.
  • Evidentiary requirements: Providing evidence is a necessary requirement. Which documents would be recommended in your particular situation and whether you are able to produce them to the required extent is something that has to be discussed before proceeding.

By addressing the most important eligibility criteria, we can identify possible roadblocks on your way to citizenship already at an early stage and determine the likelihood of a successful application outcome. That way, you get a quick feedback on whether or not you can pursue this path further and what the best strategy might be in your particular case.

Ready to get started?​

If you would like to become an Australian citizen, get started and book your initial consultation with us. Let us discuss your particular situation and assess whether you meet the requirements. All you have to do is to answer a couple of questions and select a time and date for this initial consultation that suits you.

Step 2: Eligibility assessment

$380.-

If we have established, that a successful outcome is likely, it’s time to check the details. Therefore, the next step is to thoroughly assess whether all formal requirements are met and what evidence is required to prove that. Our eligibility check entails:

  • International movement record: Requesting an official international movement record is the most reliable way of verifying your physical presence in Australia in order to demonstrate you meeting the residency requirement. Furthermore, it is a valuable tool to double-check and provide your international travel in the past. We will request this record and edit the contained data for you.
  • Thorough assessment of legal requirements: Assessing the merits of your case against all legal requirements is essential in order to avoid a refusal. We will conduct a thorough assessment of your case to identify potential risk beforehand.
  • Document checklist: Meeting the requirements is one thing, providing sufficient evidence to prove that another. We will provide a detailed document list with recommendations based on your individual situation.
  • Recommendation: We will provide you with a recommendation on how to proceed and also inform you about your obligations and what to do while your application is being processed. 

With all relevant every detail assessed, you can make a well-informed decision on if and how you would like to proceed. Equipped with all the relevant details, you are thoroughly-prepared to start your citizenship application and you can decide whether you want to complete and lodge your application yourself or would like to have further assistance along the way. We will show you the available options.

Step 3: Citizenship application

from $550.-

If you would like to proceed and apply for citizenship after the eligibility assessment, there are different options available. Equipped with the details and information from the eligibility assessment, you can take care of the process yourself by preparing the application and required documents and lodging it with the Department of Home Affairs, if you feel comfortable to do so. However, if you would like to have some additional support along the way, we offer different service packages depending on the level of support and assistance you require. 

We offer two different packages:

Individual support package ($550.-)

If you are comfortable filling out your citizenship application yourself, but, nevertheless, prefer to have someone at hand to check details or ask specific questions when they arise, then our individual support package is the right option for you. That way, you can proceed with your citizenship application in your one pace and receive individual support tailored to your needs - at an affordable price. With our individual support package you get a consultation budget consisting of 3 hours of phone support (valid for a period of 12 months) with your assigned migration agent who knows your case and can answer your question.

Full application service (individual quote)

If you would like to have someone take care of the whole application process for you, we are happy to offer you a full service package and complete handling of your citizenship application. We will keep the process as hassle-free as possible, provide you with a questionnaire and take care of the whole paperwork and the actual application process for you. We will provide you with an individual quote once we have conducted your eligibility assessment and know your circumstances and the complexity of your case in detail.

Please note that the completion of an initial consultation and the eligibility check is a prerequisite for this service offering because we have to know your case with all its details in order to make sure that we can assist you in the most effective way possible.

Ready to get started?​

If you would like to become an Australian citizen, get started and book your initial consultation with us. Let us discuss your particular situation and assess whether you meet the requirements. All you have to do is to answer a couple of questions and select a time and date for this initial consultation that suits you.

Why should I start the citizenship pathway with Visapath Australia?

Quick and easy

We offer you an easy and uncomplicated application via our online questionnaire. As in Australia registered Migration Agents, we are specialised in Australian visa and citizenship applications.

Peace of Mind

Providing incomplete documents or failure to disclose relevant details is the most common ground for a refusal. We will review your details carefully and assist you to avoid problems as far as possible or to solve them in the best possible way.

Tailored support

No lock-in contracts, you can decide how much support you actually require and we will offer you tailored solutions for your particular needs.

Contact person

You will be supported by your assigned registered migration agent who will assist you throughout the entire process and will be your central point of contact for all your questions.

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