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Australian Migration Agent's Commitments
Frequently Asked Questions
You will find answers here to the most commonly asked questions
about Australian migration and citizenship. Important
terms and phrases are also explained here.
Click on a question or scroll down the page to view general answer:
- When do I need a visa for Australia?
- How do I become an Australian citizen?
- How do I apply for a visa to Australia?
- How long does it take to process an application?
- How can Beyderwellen & Company help?
- What are my chances of success?
- What will a visa application cost?
- What are Beyderwellen & Company's fees?
- What happens when my Australian permanent visa is granted?
- What will my Australian visa permit me to do?
- Will I receive evidence of my visa if my application is successful?
- Will my visa cease when I leave Australia?
- Am I required to provide information and documents to the Department when I arrive in Australia or leave Australia?
- What happens to my visa if my passport is lost or stolen?
- How do I know if I am a "lawful non-citizen"?
- What happens if my Australian visa expires?
- Do I need to advise the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) if I change my address?
- What do I do if my circumstances change?
- Can I remain in Australia permanently on a bridging visa?
- Can I apply for permission to work while in Australia?
- Can I have a Working Holiday in Australia?
- If I need a visa, can it be granted to me without applying for it?
- Can I apply for more than one visa at a time?
- Can I hold more than one visa at a time?
- I want to work in Australia. Can you help me?
- Can I appeal the decision to refuse to grant a visa or to cancel a visa?
- What is the Australian Migration Program?
- How does the migration regulatory scheme work?
Q2: How do I become an Australian Citizen?
You may become a citizen of Australia in one of three possible ways. These are:
By birth: In Australia people automatically become an Australian citizen if they are born here and one or both of their parents is an Australian citizen or permanent resident of Australia.
By descent: If you are the child of an Australian citizen but you are born overseas you will generally be granted Australian citizenship. There are a number of rules that might apply to people in this category. These are indicated in the Australian Citizenship Act, 2007.
By grant: If you are a non-citizen of Australia you can apply to become an Australian citizen. You must meet several requirements, which generally are that you:
- Are an Australian permanent resident
- Are over 16 years of age
- Have lived in Australia as a lawful resident for a total of four years where absences of a cumulative duration of less than 12 months will not matter, including 12 months as a permanent resident immediately preceding the date of application where absences of a cumulative duration of less than 3 months during this period will not matter
- Are of good character
- Have a knowledge of basic English
- Have an adequate knowledge of your responsibilities and privileges as a citizen
- Are likely to reside in, or to maintain a close and continuing association with, Australia if granted citizenship
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