Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship Eligibility & Citizenship Requirements

Am I eligible for Australian Citizenship?

If you have been putting off applying for citizenship, now is the time to do it. Take the quiz to see if you are eligible:

How We Can Help You Become A Citizen?

Are you unsure of where to start and need some help? Timpson Immigration Lawyers are experts in this area, specifically specialising in partner visas.

  • Get peace of mind with our 100% Success Rate
  • We have options to suit almost every budget including our $297 Guided DIY Kit
  • Or full-service services where we do it all for total peace of mind
  • With both options we take away the risk, stress and uncertainty
  • Clear and transparent fee structure
  • Our single goal is to get you that YES

With all the changes in the Department of Home Affairs, getting a visa in Australia can be a daunting and confusing process. With the right help, you can be starting your new life in Australia together. For us, it’s personal.

Learn more about to the latest government updates on Citizenship

“I highly recommend Timpson’s DIY kit. The step by step process in which the kit is set out and the videos that go along with it, makes it easy for an average person like me to follow and understand this somewhat daunting process”. Sef Fale

Get started for just $297*

It’s important that you complete the process with the guidance of a knowledgeable immigration lawyer who has a thorough understanding of the law and the potential hurdles you might face.
But that can be an expensive process, so we’ve put together an easy DIY citizenship kit that’s also affordable at just $297 *plus department of Home Affairs fees

It guides you through the process with step-by-step instructions, videos, tips, all the forms you need and what to expect after application. We’ve worked hard to make it as simple and easy as possible for you. If you are eligible and want to fast track your application process, you can get the DIY Citizenship kit by clicking the button below

Common Questions We Are Asked About Citizenship Answered Below

Is it going to become harder to get Australian Citizenship in the future?

The Australian Government have been looking to crack-down on Australian citizenship regulations, proposing tighter restrictions and changes to the citizenship law to make permanent residents wait much longer and require additional evidence before they are able to be granted Australian citizenship.

The government wants to increase the wait-time to a minimum of 4 years living in Australia as a permanent resident, an increase from the current 1 year, regardless of the time spent in Australia before acquiring permanent residency.

Minister for Immigration and Citizenship David Coleman said in a statement, the government “makes no apologies for ensuring only those who meet our security and character requirements are given Australian citizenship”.

There are no guarantees as to when or how the laws may change next, so if you are eligible to apply for your Australian citizenship now, getting your application started and in the system is recommended.

Increase in removal of permanent residents

As it stands right now, it is easier than ever for the Australian Department of Home Affairs to deport visa holders who are not yet citizens. Since 2016 there has been a significant increase in the number of permanent visa holders being deported/removed.

The reality is that if the holder of any Australian visa engages in an offence or is charged with an offence, which can include accidents, that person can have their visa cancelled and become subject to removal or deportation.

How do I eliminate the risk?

One of the safest ways to reduce your risk of visa cancellation is to apply for citizenship, as once you are a citizen, you are here to stay. Take the eligibility quiz to see if you are eligible

What is the Character Test?

A visa holder may be judged as failing the ‘Character Test’ if they have ever been sentenced to 12 months or more imprisonment (regardless of time actually served) amongst other things. The Department of Home Affairs (and the Minister) also have discretionary power to cancel a visa on the basis that a person ‘could pose a risk to the community’, or that they are deemed to ‘not be of good character’. As a result of this, we have seen residents and current visa holders facing visa cancellation without ever having committed a serious offence.

If someone faces visa cancellation action, they are generally provided with a short period of time in which to appeal the decision to cancel their visa. Unfortunately, what can happen is that the person may be held in immigration detention whilst the appeal is underway.

Will I be at risk if I become a Citizen?

Once you are an Australian Citizen, you are able to stay in Australia forever if you choose, without the shadow of possible deportation or removal hanging over your head. This is why the best thing to do at this point is to start the application process for citizenship.

Will I lose my Citizenship in my country of birth?

It is important to note that becoming an Australian citizen does not mean you are no longer a citizen of your country of birth, Australia allows for dual citizenship and as long as your birth country allows the same, then you are able to become a dual citizen of both countries.

How do I get my Australian Citizenship?

Getting your Australian Citizenship can be a daunting process. We deal with people here at Timpson Immigration Lawyers all the time who have kept putting it off for this very reason.

The first step is to confirm that you are actually eligible, by using the button below

If you want us to take care of everything for you we have full service options

  • We do the work on your behalf
  • Total peace of mind
  • Outstanding success rate
  • Faster submission time
  • Starting from $3,000

If you would like to talk about this option talk to us now

Disclaimer – please read:
Please be aware that the DIY Citizenship Kit is based on current legislation despite any recent announcements to the contrary. Currently the law has not changed and the regime detailed in the kit is still valid in our view. We encourage non-citizens where they meet the requirements as they currently stand to look at their capacity based on what the law is at present rather than what may or may not happen in the event of a change (to Section 21 of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007). If the situation changes Timpson Immigration Lawyers will temporarily remove the DIY Citizenship Kit to review and update. Unfortunately we cannot be held responsible for DIY applications already purchased and/or submitted using the current regime should changes come in to force retrospectively. Coming soon – our new and improved DIY Citizenship Kit Due 15 June. Please send through your details if you are interested and we will contact you when it is ready. (The current product is temporarily unavailable).

FOR US IT'S PERSONAL

Richard Timpson –  Director & Principal Lawyer

“My focus is to get all our clients the right outcome”

Richard is one of a small handful of accredited specialist Immigration lawyers in the State of Queensland.

Richard is a qualified as a solicitor in 1999 in the Republic of Ireland. He achieved the status of an Accredited Specialist in Immigration Law in Australia in 2012.

  • Accredited immigration law specialist
  • Nearly 20 years legal experience
  • Expert in complex immigration law
  • Innovative in his approach
  • Migrant himself from Ireland
  • His visa was granted in 2 days

Richard and his partner founded Timpson Immigration Lawyers. The company specialise solely in immigration law focusing more on complex immigration law cases.

Richard’s expertise and commitment are extremely well respected in the industry. In addition to running his own legal firm, he helps to advise other legal firms and migration agents on complex immigration matters.

Meet the rest of the team