There are many ways to acquire Australian citizenship
Citizenship by Birth
If you were born in Australia and at least one of your parents is an Australian citizen or a permanent resident at the time of your birth on or after 20 August 1986, you will automatically be granted Australian citizenship.
Citizenship by Descent
If you were born outside Australia on or after 26 January 1949 and at least one of your parents at the time of your birth, was also an Australian citizen, you must apply for Australian citizenship.
Unlike applying for Citizenship by Conferral, you will not need to meet the General Residence Requirement or the Language Requirement. In addition, you will not need to sit the Citizenship Test.
Evidence of parent’s Australian Citizenship
Providing evidence that at least one of your parents was an Australian Citizen on the day you were born is imperative.
The documents you may need to supply include your parent’s full Australian Birth Certificate, their Australian Citizenship Certificate and/or their Australian Passport. You will also need to provide evidence of your Parent’s other Citizenships to other countries.
Furthermore, you will need to provide evidence that you are, in fact, your parent’s child. You can do this by providing your full Birth Certificate (and translated, if in a different language).
If you’re eligible for Citizenship, it is imperative that you apply as soon as possible, as there may be changes to the criteria, without prior warning.
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Citizenship by Conferral
Becoming a citizen by conferral is a common way for many migrants to become Australian citizens. It means you must apply for Australian citizenship and will only be granted Australian citizenship if you meet specified eligibility requirements.
In general, you (the applicant) must satisfy the following criteria to be eligible for citizenship by conferral: