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Australian Citizenship

There are many official Immigration paths you can take if you want to live, work or study in Australia. The Government offers over 120 different types of visas that give their holders a chance to start a new life Down Under. Overall, these may be divided into four categories: Professional (includes skilled, business and work visas), Family, Study and Refugee. The Family category consists of Partner, Child and Parent visas.

Most visa subclasses come as both permanent and temporary. Despite their diversity, however, one thing all of these immigration paths have in common is that none of them are exceptionally difficult. The Department of Immigration strives to ensure that all procedures are simple, clear and time-efficient.

Depending on their visa type, an immigrant can eventually become an Australian Citizen. In order to apply for citizenship, you must have been living in Australia for at least four years, with a total of no more than 12 months of absence in the last four years (of which only three months are allowed in the final year). You also must have been a Permanent Resident for at least the last year (in the previous three years, any type of Australian visa is acceptable, including tourist and bridging visas). You also must be of a good charachter (i.e. haven’t been sentenced to more than a year in prison).

The Australian Citizenship application must be accompanied by documents such as Proof of identity (for example, a passport) and Identity Declaration. After the application is processed, the applicant will sit a Citizenship test, which assesses their knowledge of Australia, its customs, public holidays, etc. This test has a pass mark of 75% (15/20). In the three months following successful completion of the Citizenship test, the applicant will be invited to attend the Citizenship Ceremony, the final step in becoming an Australian citizen, which also serves to officially welcome new citizens.

New citizens have many new rights and responsibilities, including both the right and the responsibility to vote in federal, State or Territory elections, and in a referendum; the responsibility to serve on a jury should you be called to do so; the right to receive help from Australian officials overseas; the right to apply for work in the Public Service and the Defence Force; and many more.

As a young and quickly developing country, Australia relies on immigration as a means of increasing its population. Rapid economic growth results in many industries experiencing difficulties filling jobs, especially in rural areas. Australia is world-renowned as a country that eagerly welcomes anyone willing to work for its benefit, contribute to its society and positively affect its future.

See also: Citizenship Day