Changes to lodgement arrangements for Australian citizenship by descent and evidence of Australian citizenship

From 1 November 2021, the Department of Home Affairs’ website will direct all applicants for Australian citizenship by descent and Evidence of Australian citizenship to lodge their application through the government online system, ImmiAccount.

From 1 November 2021, paper application forms for these two citizenship application pathways will no longer be available on the Department’s website.

Requirements, eligibility criteria and costs for applications remain unchanged.

Most applicants who apply for citizenship by descent or for evidence of their Australian citizenship already apply online.

To ensure that people who face barriers to applying online are not disadvantaged, from 1 November 2021 the Department will consider individual requests for a paper application form for these two pathways on a case-by-case basis.

From 1 November 2021, providers of lawful immigration assistance such as registered migration agents and Australian legal practitioners may also request a paper form if they are experiencing significant barriers to using the online channel.

Paper application forms for Australian citizenship by descent and Evidence of Australian citizenship will be available for download on the Department’s website until 31 October 2021.

Australian citizenship by conferral

There will be no change to the availability of paper application forms for Australian citizenship by conferral.

The Department does however seek assistance from registered migration agents to lodge applications for citizenship by conferral online wherever possible.

Other citizenship pathways

There will be no change to the availability of paper application forms for Australian citizenship by adoption, renunciation or resumption. These applications can only be made using a paper application form.

Further information

The Department is committed to ensuring the efficient processing of citizenship applications. Online lodgement is the Department’s preferred lodgement method. Receiving applications through our online system helps us to process applications more efficiently, and supports the broader Australian Government’s digital transformation agenda.

Benefits of applying online through ImmiAccount include:

 

See Applying online in ImmiAccount for information on how to apply online.

If after 1 November 2021 you are experiencing significant barriers to applying online and require a paper application form for Australian citizenship by descent or Evidence of Australian citizenship, Contact us.

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