2017 Australian citizenship - Application process


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You can apply for Australian citizenship in
  • Online
    • Scan original documents to attach to your application electronically
    • You cannot apply online if you
      • apply for a fee concession or exemption
      • are part of the Australian Defence Force
      • are a stateless person
      • do not have a passport
      • have not travelled in or out of Australia since July 1990
  • Paper based
    • Must complete Form 1300t Australian citizenship – General eligibility (542KB PDF) if you are between 18 and 59 years of age
    • Must complete Form 1290 – Australian Citizenship - Other situations (506KB PDF)if
      • you are 60 years of age and over
      • you are 18 years of age or over have a permanent loss or impairment of hearing, speech or sight
      • you are 18 years of age or over and have an enduring physical or mental incapacity that means you cannot understand the nature of your application or cannot demonstrate a basic knowledge of English or a basic knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship
      • you are 16 or 17 years of age
      • under 16 years of age and not applying with a parent
    • If you are applying in Australia,
      • include certified copies of your documents
      • Do not post original documents with your application—except for penal clearance certificates
      • Lodge your application by post to the address on the form nearest to you
    • If you are applying from outside Australia
      • Certified copies of all the documents need to be included with your application. Do not post original documents.
      • Submit the application by post or courier to the address listed on the form
  • The application fee is AUD 285 490* unless you are eligible for a concession
* New application fee is in effect from 1 July 2021.
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