Becoming an Australian citizen is a big step with big rewards. Beyond the privileges of unlimited travel in and out of Australia without the need to obtain an Australian visa, Australian citizenship carries with it the benefits of becoming a full member of one of the world’s most desirable countries to live and work. This includes the right to run for election, the right to vote in elections, the right to apply for certain public positions such as Justice of the Peace, and much more.
The privileges of Australian citizenship include:
- the ability to vote and stand for election in Federal, State and local government elections in Australia
- the ability to apply for an Australian passport and enter Australia without a visa
- the ability to have your children born overseas registered as Australian citizens
- the ability to seek protection overseas from Australian diplomatic or consular officers
There are a number of different ways a person can become an Australian citizen, including by birth, adoption, and applying for citizenship while holding an Australian permanent resident visa.
Becoming an Australian citizen also protects you from having your visa cancelled, as cancellation of citizenship is a far more difficult and rarely seen procedure as opposed to visa cancellation which is becoming much more common, especially if a character related matter such as a conviction occurs.
The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 governs the granting of citizenship in Australia, and has very specific requirements including strict time limits on certain types of citizenship applications. Contact us immediately if you are interested in becoming an Australian citizen and we can advise you of your options, your time limits, and how we can create and lodge your citizenship application and supporting documents.
To start the process of your migration to Australia and get answers to your migration questions, schedule your private consultation with migration lawyer Mark Northam today by Skype, phone, or at our offices in Sydney.