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Citizenship is the status of a person recognized under the custom or law as being a legal member of a sovereign state. A person may have multiple citizenships and a person who does not have citizenship of any state is said to be stateless.
Nationality is often used as a synonym for citizenship in English – notably in international law – although the term is sometimes understood as denoting a person's membership of a nation (a large ethnic group). In some countries, e.g. the United States, the United Kingdom, nationality and citizenship can have different meanings (for more information, see Nationality versus citizenship).

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    Proving citizenship of someone else ?

    Hi, My father is an australian citizen and I was born abroad. I would like to obtain australian citizenship, but I’m not in contact with my father anymore. It seems that his citizenship certificate is mandatory for the application ? Can I obtain a certificate proving his citizenship myself ? Can...
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    QLD Will getting Citizenship jeaprodise my wife's PR Status?

    Hi All, My wife is on Visa 186 ( applicant type - Dependent) I am currently applying for citizenship. When my citizenship comes through, will it affect my wife's PR status? Thank you in advance.
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    NSW Citizenship application while on Conditional Release Order

    Hello, Next month I would meet the residency requirements to be eligible to apply for citizenship. In January this year however I had a drink driving offense (1st and only offense I have) and got a Conditional Release Order for 18 months. I was not fined and my license was not suspended. The...
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    VIC Australian Citizenship with Criminal record

    Hi, I have applied for the citizenship last week and I am a bit worried as I have a criminal record listed against me. I was found guilty of shop steal but there was no conviction or fine. This was my first and last offence in Australia. I never had any serious traffic offence either and always...
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    NSW Eligibility to apply for an exemption to the citizenship requirements

    Eligibility to apply for an exemption to the citizenship requirements I have been lawful in Australia since April 2014 (almost 15 years). I came here staying on a working holiday visa first and then changed to a 457 Visa which I reapplied for once expired or when I changed my employer. Since...
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    NSW Australian Citizenship application from overseas

    I applied for Australian Citizenship last year August 2018 from overseas and have been on work assignment in Asia. I have been back to Australia and have more trips planned this year to visit family. Will they still assess my application while I am overseas? Do I physically need to be in...
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    NSW Citizenship for children on immigration visa not complying with general residence requirement

    Under 189 Skilled Immigration visa, If I and my entire family were unable to comply with general residence requirement (as we stayed outside Australia for more than 12 months in 4 years) for obtaining Australian citizenship, will my children still be able to obtain Australian citizenship since...
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    VIC Family Violence Intervention Order and Citizenship Application

    Hi, My wife has taken the intervention order against me and within 3 months she wants to come back by changing the intervention orders. We both are permanent residents and our application for citizenship is due in 3 years. My question is that going to affect my citizenship application i.e...
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    I moved from NZ to Australia 1986 and have permanent residency status. I want to apply for citizenship and will need to advise of two criminal offences 1987 - charged and convicted of possession of a cannabis utensil, fined $150 2013 – charged and pleaded guilty to possession of an illegal...
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    NSW Citizenship application - without conviction traffic offences

    Hi there, I am eligible to apply for my citizenship and have two ‘without conviction’ section 10 traffic offences from 2011(both happened at same time) that I will disclose in the application. I did disclose these on my PR application 12 months ago. One was for driving on a suspended license...