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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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  1. Trundle1

    SA Obtaining citizenship of another country

    Hi all. I am from the UK and hold UK and Australian Citizenships. I am also eligible to become a citizen of another European country by descent. but have not yet exercised that right. Would becoming a citizen of a third country affect my Australian Citizenship? Reason for looking at this is...
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    NSW Citizenship stay requirements

    Hi, I’m a permanent resident under visa sc189. My employer is an Australian IT company which has deputed me on a project overseas (I have a deployment agreement). Due to this project, I stay outside the country for 3 months at a stretch, return to Australia for 2-4 weeks and fly back. However...
  3. archanayrshetty

    NSW Australia Citizenship - (Is it faster to get the Citizenship grant if filed an application from Darwin, NT)

    Australian Citizenship application Subclass 189 - Completed 4 years of stay Is the Citizenship grant times faster if filed from Darwin,NT(Considering the wait times in NSW which is 12-14 months)? Any pre-requisites ? Note: Recently saw a forum update that Citizenship grant was just within 4...
  4. juahime

    QLD Leaving the country before citizenship ceremony

    Hello, I currently live in Brisbane and hold a Permanent Residence (through Permanent Employer Sponsored or Nominated Visa 186). My VISA states that I "Must not arrive after" 23 June 2022. I have also been approved citizenship, however, I have not received the ceremony invitation yet. This was...
  5. C

    WA Separated from Wife but can we apply for Citizenship together?

    Hi, my Wife and I have currently been separated for the last 7 years, we're not divorced but she lives at different address than myself, can we still apply for citizenship together along with our 2x 20 year old children? We started this journey together and have been PR's since 2007 and we'd...
  6. A

    Citizenship for none citizens of Australia (while tourists)?

    Hello All, I was chatting with people and we raised the point about people coming as tourists to Australia, and they have a child in Australia. Will that child be granted Australian citizenship for being born in Australia only and the parents are not Australian citizens or permanent residents...
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    Hi everyone Hopefully is coping well in this new Covid19 normal. I looking to find out how long does the process of renouncing my Australian citizenship takes, that is from the day that Department of Home Affairs receives the application. Can't seem to find anything on the website. Also, from...
  8. H

    NSW citizenship certificate

    the city of sydney website states: "The certificate is legal proof of your Australian citizenship. You can frame the certificate later but it must not be laminated (as it will no longer be a legal document)." If someone has mistakenly done lamination to preserve the certificate, what are the...
  9. igdav

    Working outside of Australia while awaiting for AU citizenship.

    Can I work outside of Australia but for an Australian company, and pay taxes to the AU government, while I'm waiting for my citizenship application to be approved? I'm a holder of a 186 visa. Will this harm my citizenship application?
  10. C

    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...