The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements. To apply for Australian citizenship you must first determine if you are eligible. You can use our Citizenship Wizard to guide you on what to do and how to apply for Australian citizenship.
Australian Citizenship by Descent
Applications for citizenship by descent are processed at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australian Embassy Bangkok, Thailand. A person born outside Australia who is the child of an Australian citizen parent may acquire Australian citizenship by descent. A person becomes a citizen on the date he/she is registered as a citizen by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. A child born overseas can be registered as an Australian citizen by descent if at least one of the parents is an Australian citizen at the time of the child’s birth.
A parent can apply for registration of Australian citizenship by descent on behalf of the child before the child reaches 16 years of age.
On 30 July 2015, Thai legislation banning commercial surrogacy came into effect. Australians are advised not to visit Thailand for the purpose of engaging in commercial surrogacy arrangements. Please see the Smart Traveller website for more information for Australians travelling to Thailand.
How to apply for Citizenship by Descent
If the applicant is under 16, either parent may apply on the child’s behalf. If only one parent is an Australian citizen, either parent may apply, but the Australian parent must be the responsible parent. A responsible parent is a person that has ongoing parental responsibility for the child.
1. Download the Citizenship by descent checklist. The checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application.
2. Download and complete the correct form - Form 118
3. Make sure you have the right application fee
4. Read the information on how and where to lodge your application
5. See the Processing time for Citizenship by Descent