Permanent residency visa
An Australian permanent resident refers to an individual who possesses a permanent visa but has not obtained citizenship status.
As a permanent resident, one enjoys the freedom to reside, pursue employment, and engage in educational pursuits within Australia without any limitations.
Applying for a permanent residency visa
To become a permanent resident, you must satisfy specific eligibility criteria, which vary based on your circumstances. You can apply for permanent residency on humanitarian grounds, as a migrant, or as part of a family unit.
For detailed guidance on the permanent residency application process, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website through this external link.
Being an Australian citizen allows you to proudly proclaim, 'I am Australian.' For numerous immigrants in Melbourne, making Australia their permanent home is a cherished aspiration, accompanied by a host of privileges and obligations.
Acquiring Australian citizenship signifies a lasting
dedication to Australia and its core values.
Typically, individuals aged 18 and above seeking Australian citizenship must meet the following criteria:
Children interested in Australian citizenship should be aware that distinct requirements apply. For comprehensive information, please refer to the Department of Home Affairs website via the provided external link.
Adults who obtained permanent residency on or after 1 July 2007 must have maintained lawful residence in Australia for a continuous period of four years immediately before seeking Australian citizenship. This period encompasses:
You can use the Citizenship Wizard, accessible through the Department of Home Affairs website via the provided external link, to assess whether you satisfy the residence requirement.
If you meet the standard eligibility requirements, you'll need to successfully complete a test as part of the Australian citizenship application process. However, individuals falling into specific categories, such as those under 18 or over 60 years old, or those with significant hearing, speech, or sight impairments, are exempt from taking the test.
The Australian citizenship test is specifically crafted to assist prospective Australian citizens in acquiring knowledge about:
Successfully completing this test is a vital step in ensuring that you possess the necessary understanding to actively engage in the Australian community as a citizen, enabling you to fully embrace the opportunities available in the country. It plays a role in fostering social cohesion and facilitating seamless integration into the community.
Privileges of Australian citizens
To be eligible to take the test, you must:
Responsibilities of Australian citizens
Citizenship carries certain duties and obligations. These include:
For further details on the privileges and responsibilities associated with Australian citizenship, please visit the Department of Home Affairs website through the provided external link.