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Australian Citizenship Lawyer

We have been assisting clients with Australian Citizenship applications for over 20 years and we are familiar with all of the legislative requirements to ensure you can become an Australian citizen. Our Google reviews stand testament to our commitment to outstanding client service.

We proudly provide personalised and understanding advice and service for all and we are experts in Australian Citizenship applications.

Our experienced Immigration Lawyers & Registered Migration Agents are able to advise you on all aspects of eligibility.

You may be eligible to apply for citizenship if you currently hold permanent residency in Australia, you satisfy the residential requirements, and you are of good character. Australian citizenship represents full and formal membership of the community of the Commonwealth of Australia. This means that, as a citizen of Australia, you will have the right to:

  • travel in and out of Australia without requiring a visa,
  • vote in government elections,
  • apply for any public office or stand for election as a Member of Parliament,
  • apply for an Australian passport,
  • apply to serve in the Australian Defence Forces,
  • apply for certain government jobs in the public sector,
  • register your children as Australian citizens, and
  • request emergency assistance from Australian consular staff when travelling outside Australia.

These rights are in addition to those that people already hold as permanent residents of Australia.

Some of the most common pathways to citizenship, and the key criteria, are set out below. There are exceptions to a number of the criteria, but such cases will require analysis of circumstances to assess eligibility.

Citizenship by Conferral

You may be eligible to become an Australian citizen if you:

  • are aged 18 years of age or over,
  • have held Australian permanent residency for the last 12 months with no more than 90 days absence from Australia,
  • have been lawfully in Australia for the last 4 years with no more than 12 months absence from Australia,
  • have successfully sat the citizenship test, which shows you:
    • understand what it means to become a citizen of Australia,
    • have a basic understanding of Australia and the privileges and responsibilities involved in becoming an Australian citizen, and
    • have a basic knowledge of the English language, and
  • are likely to continue to reside in Australia, or maintain a close association with Australia, once you have become a citizen and are of good character.

 

Citizenship by Descent

Generally speaking, eligibility under this pathway is possible if you:

  • were born outside Australia on or after 26 January 1949 and a parent of yours was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth, or
  • were born outside Australia or New Guinea before 26 January 1949 and a parent of yours was an Australian citizen on 26 January 1949.

 

Citizenship by Adoption

Australian citizenship is available via this route if you:

  • have been adopted outside Australia in accordance with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption by at least one Australian citizen, or
  • are a child and have been adopted in Australia/overseas with adoption finalised under Australian law and you are present in Australia as a permanent resident and one of the adoptive parents is an Australian citizen.

Other categories of people who may be eligible for Australian citizenship include (but are not limited to):

  • a child born to a former Australian citizen,
  • a child born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986, who did not acquire citizenship automatically at birth, and who has been ordinarily resident in Australia throughout the 10 year period beginning on the day of their birth,
  • a child less than 15 applying on their own,
  • a former Australian citizen, seeking to resume their Australian citizenship,
  • a person born in Australia and who is stateless, or
  • a child born in Australia and has been abandoned

Before you apply for Australian Citizenship, contact our expert Immigration Lawyers & Registered Migration Agents.

WHO YOU’LL WORK WITH

Ryan Curtis-Griffiths

Director

David Stratton

Managing Director

Helen Zheng

Special Counsel

Heather Dzviti

Senior Lawyer

Rebecca Henzel

Senior Lawyer

Melissa Vincenty

Senior Lawyer

Jacqui Azouz

Lawyer

Lili Sibic

Lawyer

Shalini Kodikara

Paralegal

Chloe Wang

Legal Assistant

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Testimonials

Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

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Professionalism, Quality, Responsiveness, Value

“Ryan Curtis-Griffiths and Jacqui Azouz provided excellent legal work.  I am a lawyer in the United States so I expect a lot.  And I got it from Ryan and Jacqui.  They are knowledgeable, efficient and very easy to work with. I will use them whenever I have an opportunity. “

Professionalism, Responsiveness, Value

“I cannot find any words to describe the professionalism of thos firm. Everyone from the reception to financial services and not to say Mae who helped out was absolutely amazing. I had Richard Hamilton who was definitely someone I will always have to represent me if I need any further help. Keep up the fantastic work ?  “

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“Richard Hamilton is a very genuine lawyer with very good expertise, good values and ethics of responsibility. He is not one of the lawyers in the market who would deceive you with false hopes. I found him very reliable which is something you need when you are going through a difficult family court case. Richard is also very good in returning to calls and emails. I definitely recommend him.”

Excellent services and advice

“Ryan has been my migration lawyer of a number of years now and has been successful in obtaining PR and Australian Citizenship for me. His advice is clear, straight forward and tailored to an individual’s needs. He puts in the effort and time and always cares for his clients. Overall, I received a first-class service from him, and I highly recommend him to anyone looking for migration advice.”

The best immigration service provider in Mel

“In all respect to achieve your PR and the pathway for citizenship was done very professionally ! Special thanks to Rayan ( MD) who helped me in all the way throughout to achieve goal.”

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“Ryan Curtis-Griffiths knowledge of immigration law, a skills in preparing all documents, excellent communication skills, rapid response to my inquiries, thoughtful and good listener.”

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“We engaged Nevett Ford Lawyers to prepare our 186 Business Nomination and Visa Application. Ryan provided outstanding service by assisting us with all his experience in the industry. It was the best decision to work with Ryan as he always listened to our instructions and assisted with timely advise. I would definitely recommend Ryan and his team to anyone looking for a Immigration lawyer.”

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“Looked after me. Always made sure I knew what was going on and why, but also made sure my mental health was top priority.”

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“Nevett Ford Lawyers, including paralegals and administrative staff, displayed professional and reliable services. All staff with whom I interacted responded promptly to my queries and requests. Their polite and friendly manner was appreciated and reassuring.”

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“A Positive outcome of Permanent Residency from a Ministerial Intervention is what we achieved through Nevett Ford Lawyers. David Stratton and his Team have been highly efficient and professional along the entire journey through the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and Ministerial Intervention. The Team managed our file with great care and patience while supporting us through the entire process during the past four years. We would highly recommend Nevett Ford Lawyers for their Professionalism and Task Accomplishments.”

Ryan and Shalini worked extremely hard for us

“Ryan and Shalini’s communication skills were what really stood out to us. They replied to emails most of the time within minutes and did a good job on helping us stay realistic about expectations as our case was extremely difficult and had a high chance of failure, they did a brilliant job of getting the visa through for my partner.”

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Mlam Camou (MlCam)
2023-08-31
I will recommend definitely this services to anyone who wants a clear and positive outcome for his immigration case. Professionalism and experience are also 2 very important points to consider when you decide Nevett ford to represent you. I am satisfy with their work to be honest.Thank you Nevett Ford Lawyers for your excellent work.
Lisa-Marie Hinton
Lisa-Marie Hinton
2023-08-31
My visa application was the most challenging time of my life. It was so much pressure, lots of tears and emotions. Ryan and the wonderful Team guided our family and secured my husband and children Citizenship and my PR. I think Ryan has a beautiful heart and is very kind. He listened to me when I was at my wits-end and could only cry on the phone. I would choose Ryan again. It has been a difficult journey but he never gave up on helping my family in the fight of staying together. Forever grateful. The Hintons xxx
Vivien Karabinas
Vivien Karabinas
2023-08-31
The expertise and service received by lawyer Sophie Stickland was efficient, caring and reasonably priced. I would highly recommend her. Thank you.
Jervin Paul Dhas
Jervin Paul Dhas
2023-08-30
Had the pleasure of working with Lili for my PR application and I had a very good experience. She was very responsive and guided me and provided updates in every step and the entire process was smooth and quick. Highly recommend their services and one of the best. Thanks again Team
Tom Simpson
Tom Simpson
2023-08-29
During the period between 2020 - 2023 i was applying for a permanent partner visa and hired Ryan to assist me.I had spoke to 7 other immigration lawyers prior to Ryan, and the general feedback i would get back was negative (installing doubt into my mind about the likelihood of obtaining a visa in my circumstance). Ryan was the only lawyer who had a positive attitude and was optimistic about my situation and gave me a lot of free advice about what i could do even before i hired him, this was a major green flag to me so i made the decision to hire him.I couldn't of asked for a better lawyer, i would highly recommended his services to anyone. Good communication, fast responses, never hesitant to answer any queries, pleasant to speak to and most importantly a good lawyer that gets the job done.I recently obtained my PR after a 3 year process and I cannot thank Ryan (and the team) enough for their service.
Hieronim Wiatrowski
Hieronim Wiatrowski
2023-08-23
Lili Sibic was ery professional and helpful. Highly recommended ????
Jessica Liu
Jessica Liu
2023-08-21
Awesome and extremely professional and patient. Highly recommended!!!
Antonia
Antonia
2023-08-17
Experienced, organised and friendly, Ryan is always helpful and reassuring during the entire visa application process. The entire duration has made him more than just a lawyer but a friend.
Hiro Kamisugi
Hiro Kamisugi
2023-08-16
Nathan and Jean as team helped me for my first home purchase. Even though I knew nothing of this matter, they made my whole journey nice and comfortable. Everyone around myself tells me that purchasing home is a very stressful journey, but I was totally fine with their help. Don’t think I can ever ask anyone else for my next home in the future!

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    Melbourne, VIC 3000