EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT DUAL CITIZENSHIP AUSTRALIA!

Australia being a country of immigrants, many people move there every year from all around the world to build a better life. However, most of them don't give up their previous nationality, and instead, opt for dual citizenship Australia. 

So today, we will answer all your questions about dual citizenship, including the rules, qualifications, and which countries recognize dual citizenship Australia. Keep reading to answer all your questions. We hope you find it useful!

Therefore, when people ask how has immigration contributed to economic diversity in Australia? It has a lot to do with people opting for dual citizenship programs and opening up international business ventures between their current and home.

DOES AUSTRALIA ALLOW DUAL CITIZENSHIP?

A lot of people may be wondering, "Can I have dual citizenship in Australia?" Well, the answer is yes, depending on your original nationality. While Australia does not have any limits on this, and even allows triple citizenship or more, many countries have restrictions on this. These will be detailed further down below. 

HOW TO APPLY FOR DUAL CITIZENSHIP AUSTRALIA

You become an Australian dual citizen if you:

  • are an Australian citizen, are granted citizenship of another country and don't lose your Australia citizenship, or
  • remain a citizen of another country and become an Australian citizen

 Australia allows a person to have dual citizenship. Some countries do not. So you can only get dual citizenship Australia if the other country also permits dual citizenship - it has to work both ways, just adhering to one set of laws won't do!

You will also need to be eligible for Australian citizenship, for which there are many avenues. You're therefore eligible to become an Australian if you have an Australian parent or parents, or were born and grew up for most of your childhood in the country, or if you've been living there legally for a specified period of time. You can check if you are eligible for Australian citizenship by clicking here.

WHEN DID AUSTRALIA ALLOW DUAL CITIZENSHIP?

From the 4th of April, 2002, Australia removed all restrictions (under the law of Australia) on Australians from holding citizenship, thus effectively legalising dual citizenship.

Even before this date the 4th of April 2002, there was a possibility for Australians in certain special circumstances to be dual citizens if they fulfilled the following requirements - 

  • those born in Australia who automatically acquired another citizenship at birth;
  • migrants naturalising in Australia, provided their former country did not revoke their citizenship;
  • children born overseas to Australian parents who automatically acquired the citizenship of their country of birth (e.g. the U.S. or Canada) as well as Australian citizenship by descent.
  • Holding a foreign passport does not in itself cause loss of Australian citizenship.

WHAT IS DUAL CITIZENSHIP IN AUSTRALIA?

Multiple citizenship, dual citizenship Australia, multiple nationality or double nationality, is an individual's citizenship status, wherein an individual is simultaneously viewed as a resident of more than one nation under the laws of those nations. Theoretically, citizenship is centred around the interior political setup of the nation and nationality involves global dealings.

There is no worldwide law which decides the nationality or citizenship status of an individual. This is characterised only by national laws, which can change and conflict with one another. Australia Dual citizenship emerges because various nations utilise unique, and not mutually exclusive, criteria for citizenship.

Informally, individuals may "hold" dual citizenship; at the same time, every country makes a case that the specific individual is viewed as its national. 

An individual holding dual citizenship is, by and large, qualified for the privileges of citizenship in every nation whose citizenship the person is holding. For example, right to an identification, right to enter the nation freely, right to residency and employment, the option to cast a ballot, and so on.). However, he may likewise be dependent upon qualifications of citizenship, (for example, a potential commitment for national service, being subject to tax assessment on overall income, and so on.). 

A few nations don't allow double citizenship. This might be by requiring a candidate for naturalisation to revoke all current citizenship, or by pulling back its citizenship from somebody who intentionally gets another citizenship, or by some other means.

A few nations grant dual citizenship, while others don't. A few nations grant general double citizenship while others grant double citizenship to just a few numbers of nations. 

HOW TO GAIN AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP

Assuming you're not already entitled to Australian citizenship by birth, you'll need to qualify for naturalisation through various means. You'll qualify if you meet the following requirements:

  • You are a permanent resident of Australia currently
  • You've legally lived in Australia for the past four years and been a legal permanent resident for the preceding year, and not have been absent from the country for a long time during this period
  • You're 'of reputable character' - that means your police record is clean
  • You speak at least some basic English
  • You plan on staying in Australia
  • You pass the citizenship examination and interview unless you're under 18 or over 60, or fall into various other categories, for which there are exemptions, such as for disabilities.

The process isn't very complex, although it'll take quite a while to process:

  • Put together all of your supporting documents - including ID proof, proof of residence and your birth certificate, among others. You can submit copies, and bring originals to the meeting you'll eventually have with an adjudicator.
  • Go Get all of these legal documents translated, if they aren't in English from a reputed NAATI accredited service.
  • Make sure you know all the intricate legal requirements
  • Complete an application form online.
  • Submit the citizenship application, along with a government fee, which can be A$285 at maximum
  • When notified, attend an appointment to verify your documents and take the citizenship test or interview.

After all of this, if you are successful, the last and final step is to attend your Citizenship Ceremony and take a citizenship pledge. After that, you will finally receive a certificate of Australian citizenship. Congrats: you're now a citizen of Australia!

All in all, the whole process might take quite a while - the Australian government site has some approximate total times for your convenience - so it's quite worth planning ahead if you have to make any long or important trips abroad.

ARE THERE ANY RESTRICTIONS THAT COME WITH DUAL CITIZENSHIP AUSTRALIA?

Nations which permit double citizenship may at present not recognise the other citizenship of its nationals inside its own region. Likewise, it may not allow consular access to another nation for an individual who is also it's national. A few nations forbid dual citizenship holders from serving in their military or in police forces or holding certain elected offices.

For example, Australia does not allow dual nationals to serve in parliamentary positions. In the 2017-18 Australian parliamentary eligibility crisis, more than fifteen members of Parliament were found to have been not eligible for election because of holding another citizenship. However, most had not even been aware of the fact.

You might also have to renounce and give up your Australian citizenship if you want to become a national of another country that doesn't allow dual citizenship.

You have to apply formally to renounce your citizenship, and it's only allowed to do if you already have another country's citizenship waiting for you in the works - therefore you aren't able to renounce Australian citizenship and become a stateless person.

Currently, dual citizens can have their Australian citizenship revoked, but only if you fight against Australia in a war, work for a terrorist organisation or otherwise become a terrorist, or are sentenced to at least six years in prison for certain crimes.

WHICH COUNTRIES ALLOW DUAL CITIZENSHIP AUSTRALIA - AND WHICH DON'T?

A majority of other countries permit Australia dual citizenship, including Canada, France, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, the U.K. and the U.S. Every country has its own detailed nationality laws, though, so you'll need to check the exact details with the other country - their embassy might be a good place to start.

Some countries generally don't allow Australia dual citizenships - these are Austria, Germany, Japan, India, the Netherlands and also Norway. If you're a national of any of these countries and want Australian citizenship - or if you're an Australian and want to gain one of these countries' citizenships - then you'll most likely need to renounce your current citizenship to do so.


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