Australian Citizenship (Naturalisation)

Passport through Residency is obtained by continuous residency (or Permanent Residency) in Australia for 4 years on a visa that allows a holder Citizenship. After 4 years of Permanent Residency in Australia, an applicant can lodge a valid Australian Nationality application. This will result in Australian Citizenship and the right to hold an Australian Passport.

Examples of visas that DO NOT result in Citizenship after 4 years are:

  • illegal residency;
  • student visas;
  • tourist visas;
  • non-eligible New Zealand Citizens;
  • a partner or family member of a non-eligible New Zealand Citizens;
  • Investor Retirement Visa; AND
  • Business Long Stay Visa (Subclass 457)

Ask Philip Gamble whether you (or your children) have a claim to British nationality.

Learn more about these routes to British Nationality: is a specialist UK Nationality and British Citizenship site offering an online search and assessment. Claims to hold a British Passport can be complex and the site offers a quick, simple search to give you the answers. While many people qualify for the UK Ancestry Visa based on holding a Commonwealth passport with a UK born grandmother or grandfather, we have found that if you have a grandparent born in the UK, or if your mother is British or your father is British, then there are several scenarios where you can claim British Nationality and the right to hold a British Passport. This stems from Britain’s collection of British Colonies, British Protectorates and British Protected States in the middle of last century and the Nationality rules concerning what are now the countries of the Commonwealth.