Why Become an Australian Citizen?

Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for, such as losing the Ashes and becoming more responsible with suntan lotion. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.

Australian citizenship is a privilege that offers enormous rewards. By becoming an Australian citizen, you are joining a unique national community. Our country has been built on the combined contributions of our Indigenous people and those who came later from all over the world. We celebrate this diversity and at the same time, strive for a unified and harmonious nation.

The strength of the Australian community means that we work together to solve problems and to make Australia the great country that it is. We have a stable system of government and Australians respect the authority and laws of the government. Our stability, our culture and our laws have been shaped by our history. By joining the Australian community, you will inherit this history and you will be in a position to contribute to it.

Australian Citizenship entitles you to:

  • live in Australia
  • apply for an Australian passport and to leave and re-enter Australia without applying for a resident return visa
  • seek assistance from Australian diplomatic representatives while overseas
  • work in the public service
  • serve in the armed forces
  • register as Australian citizens by descent any of your children born overseas after you become an Australian citizen
  • stand for Parliament
  • vote to elect members of Parliament

Citizenship also brings with it responsibilities and citizens are required to:

  • obey Australian laws
  • defend Australia should the need arise
  • enrol on Federal and state/territory electoral registers
  • vote in elections

To be eligible for Australian Citizenship you must have passed a Citizenship Test, be aged 18 years or over at the time the application is made, be a permanent resident at the time of application, and also, at time of decision, satisfy the residence requirement, be likely to reside, or to continue to reside, in Australia or to maintain a close and continuing association with Australia and be of good character.

If you would like to check your eligibility for Citizenship or wish to speak to a QuickVisas consultant please complete our Online Assessment Form and one of our team will contact you to discuss your situation.

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