Australian Citizenship by Conferral

In order to be eligible for Australian Citizenship, applicants must meet a number of residence requirements, including;

  • 12 months as a permanent resident; and
  • Being lawfully resident in Australia for 4 years immediately prior to lodgement; and
  • Absences from Australia of no more than 1 year in the last 4 years and not more than 90 days in the 12 months immediately before applying

Lawful residence does include time spent on temporary visas (i.e. Student, Working Holiday, Tourist, Bridging Visa) prior to grant or permanent residency.

A residence calculator can be located here.

There are very limited discretions for the residence requirement that generally relate to periods of residence not usually counted due to administrative error on the Department of Immigration’s behalf, or service in the military or elite sporting organisations.