WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW TO CALL AUS­TRALIA YOUR HOME

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

DE­PEND­ING on your sit­u­a­tion, there are sev­eral op­tions to ap­ply for cit­i­zen­ship in Aus­tralia.

To be an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen, the law re­quires that you be a per­ma­nent res­i­dent, meet the res­i­dence re­quire­ments, be of good char­ac­ter and in­tend to live or main­tain a close and con­tin­u­ing as­so­ci­a­tion with Aus­tralia.

As of April 2017, the Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ment strength­ened the re­quire­ments to be­come an Aus­tralian cit­i­zen.

This means an ap­pli­cant will need to demon­strate a min­i­mum of four years per­ma­nent res­i­dence im­me­di­ately prior to their ap­pli­ca­tion.

Chil­dren un­der 16 years of age can be in­cluded as part of an adult’s cit­i­zen­ship ap­pli­ca­tion pro­vid­ing they are also per­ma­nent res­i­dents.

Fol­low­ing a suc­cess­ful ap­pli­ca­tion and a cit­i­zen­ship test, the ap­pli­cant will need to make a cit­i­zen­ship pledge, which can be co-or­di­nated with your lo­cal coun­cil.

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