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WA Australian Citizenship - Is It Automatic After Marrying Australian?

Discussion in 'Immigration Law Forum' started by Gudguhrl, 29 January 2015.

  1. Gudguhrl

    Gudguhrl Active Member

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    I am an Australian permanent resident (PR) for the past one year and am married to my husband who recently became an Australian citizen.

    Does my husband's new Australian citizenship automatically make me an Australian citizen because I'm already have Australian permanent residency, or do I still have to go for the Australian citizenship test?
     
  2. John R

    John R Well-Known Member

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    Hi @Gudguhrl,
    1. Despite your permanent resident status, foreign citizens that marry an Australian citizen do not have an automatic right to Australian citizenship. Please see the "Spouse or partner of an Australian citizen" page on the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website for further information.
    2. Because of this, you will still be required to apply for Australian citizenship. This application is generally made using Form 1300t (PDF) and includes the requirement to complete an Australian citizenship test.
    Hope this helps! Please keep us updated with your progress.
     
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  3. Tracy B

    Tracy B Well-Known Member

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    I agree with John, you will need to make a separate citizenship application.
     
  4. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer

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    I also agree with @John R and @Tracy B.
    You do not acquire citizenship by marrying a citizen.
     
  5. Mitchell Kelly

    Mitchell Kelly Well-Known Member

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    Once permanent residency is obtained, the following basic criteria are applicable for becoming an Australian citizen.

    The applicant has:
    • Held an Australian visa for 4 years (any valid visa)
    • Been an Australian permanent resident for at least 1 year (of those 4 years)
    • Not been outside of Australia for more than 12 months (in those 4 years)
    • Not been outside of Australia for more than 90 days in the 12 months prior to lodging the citizenship application
     
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