Australian Citizenship Residence Requirements

Australian Citizenship Residence Requirements.

Migrants to Australia can generally apply for Australian Citizenship after being lawfully resident in Australia for FOUR years, this includes Visitor visas etc., but with at least ONE of those years as a permanent Resident visa holder.

There are however various requirements that must be met.

To satisfy the residence requirements:

  • You MUST have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for the four years immediately before applying.
  • You MUST have been a permanent resident visa holder for at least the last 12 months, before applying.
  • You MUST NOT have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the last 4 years.
  • You MUST NOT have been absent from Australia for more than 90 days in the year immediately before applying.

Lawful residence means living in Australia on a valid Australian temporary or permanent visa.

Lawful Residence Date for Australian Citizenship.

Residence Calculator

The residence calculator helps you count the number of days you have lived in Australia.

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However, note the “Lawful Residence date”. This is the date of your first valid visa for Australia that counts as part of the last 4 years on valid visas in Australia, prior to the Citizenship Application date.

Any period in those four years, without a valid visa, would reset your Lawful Residence Date to the new entry date.

At the time you apply you must have been living in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years.

Living in Australia allows for trips overseas to be still counted as residence assuming you had a valid visa during those trips.


Is a Bridging Visa a valid visa for Citizenship residence requirement?.

Assuming there is no break between any visa dates, then a bridging visa is classed as being a valid visa for confirming your residence in Australia.

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