Visa assistance form
Recognition Australia (TRA)
Application for Australian
Who can apply for citizenship
You are eligible to apply if you:
1. a) Are a permanent resident of Australia, and have
held a permanent residence visa and been living in
Australia for at least the last 4 years, and for the
full 12 months immediately before you apply for
citizenship, and b) You must not have been absent
for more than 12 months in the last 4 years before
application, including no more than 90 days in the last
12 months. Note: There are some special
residential circumstances that allow you to still apply
– eg you are engaged in work in Australia that requires
2. You should be over 18 and under 60 years of age.
3. You should be of good character.
4. You intend to continue to live in Australia and make
this country your home.
a) Children under 16 years of age can be included on
their parents’ application,
b) Or, included on the application of a responsible
adult who has an order from the Family Court,
custody of the child/children with parental
responsibility, or full custody or guardianship for the
child/children – either from the Australian Courts or
appropriate authorities overseas.
New Zealand Citizens
a) You can apply if you hold a permanent residence visa,
and fulfil the requirements for 1. above.
b) You can apply if you arrived before 26th February,
2001 on a Special Category Visa.
c) You can apply if you can prove (Centrelink evidence)
residence issued before 26th February, 2001.
Where must I/we
be to apply?
You can apply while you are overseas or in
To apply from overseas, you send your application
Overseas Citizenship Unit
DIAC ACTRO, GPO Box 717,
Canberra ACT 2601
Or in person:
3 Londsdale Street,
Braddon ACT 2612
If you are overseas, you can sit your citizenship
test and/or have an interview at your nearest DIAC
office. They will contact you. However, you will be
required to be in Australia at time of decision –
unless there are very special circumstances.
The Steps for
Step 1. Check your eligibility and for
all your family members included in the application.
It is particularly important to check residency in
Step 2. Download and read the
Citizenship booklet. This can be downloaded
The booklet is simple, and is the basis for all the
tests! You need to know about Australia to become a
Step 3. Prepare your documents for a
paper or online application. Get everything ready in
advance for the application, so you make it complete
at time of application. This makes for fast
processing at the Department of Immigration (DIAC).
Step 4. Complete the application form, and
lodge. Attach or include all your documents. Pay the
correct fee either to the online portal or for
payment to your nearest DIAC office, if lodging by
Step 5. DIAC will contact you and request
further documents if required, or give you a date
for your citizenship appointment where you will be
required to take the test. The appointment and
test both happen on the one day.
Step 6. Decision on your application! This
will be sent to you in writing. You must be in
Australia at Time of Decision – unless there is a
very good reason why you can’t do this – which must
be notified to DIAC in advance.
Step 7. Citizenship Ceremony.
This is a great event, a party. Usually organised in
each Shire, new citizens can invite friends and
family for a unique celebration – becoming a citizen
information, forms and assistance with the
applications, please contact us:
Viacorp Hello Australia,
Telephone: 8 9274 3490