Becoming an Australian Citizen by conferral is a common way of becoming an Australian citizen. You need to be a permanent resident and meet specific criteria before you can apply. This pathway is open to migrants, spouse or partners of an Australian citizen, eligible New Zealand citizens and other discrete groups of persons.
Citizenship conferral happens when you are granted Australian citizenship by meeting the specified eligibility requirements and once you have completed & passed the citizenship test.
Generally, Australian citizenship by conferral can be granted when specific criteria’s are met:
Becoming an Australian citizen checklist:
- You are 18 years’ old
- You are a permanent resident of Australia
- You understand basic English & knowledge of Australia
- You pass the citizenship test; and
- There is no reason for the Minister for Immigration to refuse your application.
As a permanent resident of Australia, you generally can:
- stay in Australia indefinitely
- work and study in Australia
- enrol in Australia’s national health scheme, Medicare
- apply for bank loans to buy property
- sponsor eligible relatives for permanent residence
- apply for Australian citizenship, if eligible
- travel to and from Australia as many times as you want until your travel validity expires
- have consular protection
Becoming a citizen of Australia is the final legal step in your migration story. It is a process in which a non-Australian citizen voluntarily becomes an Australian citizen. Australian citizens pledge their loyalty to Australia and its people and are then entitled to its protection and to exercise their rights and responsibilities as citizens.
Watch the below video for a brief explanation of citizenship by conferral and an example of the citizenship test with 20 questions and answers.
Find out more about what is Australian citizenship here.