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Australian Citizenship
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Australian Citizenship

Application Package $195 + DHA Filing Fees
Australian Citizenship

Disclaimer: Immigration Direct is not a government agency and is not affiliated with nor endorsed by any government agency or the Office of the Migration Agents Registration Authority. We are not a law firm or a substitute for the advice of an attorney. Immigration Direct provides a complete and easy-to-use online immigration software solution. Our customer support is for technical and billing issues, and will not answer legal questions or give legal or immigration advice or assistance. Our refund policy can be found in our Terms of Use. Purchase price does not include application or filing fees that may be charged by the Department of Home Affairs or by any other agency. We help you complete your application quickly and accurately, and automatically generate all the forms you need for your application - ready for you to submit to the DHA.

What’s Included in Your Application Package Service
  • Complete your application online using our easy to use immigration software.
  • Securely check your application using our Immigration Error Report technology.
  • Review entire application for omissions of key information.
  • Examine for typographical errors that might delay processing.
  • Confirm consistent spellings of names and places throughout the application.
  • Check for inconsistent, illogical or conflicting dates.
  • Review for obviously illogical entries.
  • Search for entries that conflict with each other.
  • Our software checks the information you provide against the eligibility requirements for the immigration benefit you’re seeking, and notifies you if those requirements are not met.
  • Once you complete your application, we print, assemble and mail out your application package to you.
  • We include sticky notes on where you need to sign and date your application.
  • Service includes a pre-paid envelope for you to mail your completed package directly to the Department of Home Affairs for processing.
  • We mail your application package via Australia Post

What's included in your Immigration Direct Service

Step-by-step guidance leads you through each question

Our easy to understand instructions will guide you through preparing your supporting documents to file your citizenship paperwork accurately and completely with the DHA.

We make it easy so you can do it yourself correctly

Our software system will generate personalized filing instructions based off of your answers to guide you through the application process.

Phone customer agents are available 9 - 6 pm AET

Our agents are here to help you if you have any questions.

What are the general eligibility requirements to apply for Australian Citizenship?

To be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship, you must have:

  • Been an Australian permanent resident for at least 1 year and lived in Australia for at least 9 out of 12 months before you apply
  • Been lawfully resident in Australia for at least 4 years before you apply
  • Not been absent from Australia for more than 12 months in the last 4 years before you apply
  • Good moral character

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What happened to the proposed changes to Australian citizenship that were announced on April 20, 2017?

On October 18, 2017 the proposed citizenship changes announced by the Government on April 20, 2017 were rejected by the Australian parliament. This means that the eligibility requirements which existed prior to the Government’s announcement on April 20, 2017 will continue to apply to citizenship applications lodged with DHA.

What are the requirements for Australian Citizenship if I am a citizen of New Zealand?

New Zealand citizens are granted a Special Category visa (SCV) upon arrival to Australia. A SCV is a temporary visa but it grants the New Zealand citizen the right to live and work in Australia for the duration of their stay. The SCV automatically expires when the New Zealand citizen departs Australia.

Your eligibility as a New Zealand citizen for Australian citizenship depends on your date of arrival to Australia:

  • If you arrived before 26 February 2001 you may be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship
  • If you arrived after 26 February 2001 you might be required to apply for permanent resident status first to be eligible for Australian Citizenship
  • If you have a CentreLink certificate issued before 26 February 2004 stating you were residing in Australia you may also be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship

Are there special circumstances that make you eligible if you don’t meet the basic eligibility requirements?

While 90 percent of Australian applicants meet the basic requirements for citizenship, there are special circumstances that may make you eligible if you don’t meet the basic requirements. For example:

  • If you were born in Papua before 16 September 1975 and one of your parents was born in Australia or was an Australian Citizen and the time of your birth; OR
  • If you were born to a former Australian Citizen who lost his citizenship by acquiring the citizenship of another country

What is the difference between the DHA Australian Citizenship Form 1300t and Form 1290?

You should use DHA’s Form 1300t if you meet the application requirements and are in between 18 and 59 years old.

DHA’s Form 1290 should be used if you are:

  • 17 years old or younger,OR
  • 60 years or older,OR
  • Suffer from a physical disability.

How long does it take to become a citizen?

After filing your citizenship application, the DHA aims to process your application within 10 to 14 months.

How much does applying for citizenship cost?

The DHA government fees range between $300 - $490 depending on which DHA form you use to file your citizenship application.

Immigration Direct charges a service fee of $195 for access to our immigration software service which allows you to easily prepare and manage your citizenship application. Immigration Direct’s service fee is in addition to the applicable DHA government fee.

  • If you file using Form 1300t: $490 government fee
  • Form 1300t - General Eligibility is used by applicants who are between 18 and 59 years old.
  • If you file using Form 1290: $300 government fee
  • Form 1290 - Other Situations is used by applicants who are aged 60 and over, have a physical or mental inability
  • If your file using Form 118: $315 government fee
  • Form 118 - Citizenship by Descent is used by applicants who have at least one parent who was an Australian Citizen.

IMMIGRATION DIRECT helps you complete your application quickly and accurately, provides 24/7 email support, telephone support
Monday-Friday: 9 a.m - 6 p.m. and automatically generates all the forms you need for your application.


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