If you have been a resident of Australia for the last four years and live in the City of Cockburn, then read on to find out how to apply for Australian Citizenship!
The City carries out a number of ceremonies throughout the year for Cockburn residents to receive Australian Citizenship from the Commonwealth Department of Immigration and Border Protection (Immigration).
How do I apply for citizenship?
Obtain an application form (one for each person applying) by calling the Immigration Hotline on 131 880 who will post out the necessary forms. Alternatively, you can download the forms https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Citi
Fill in the forms and get the relevant documents together. Then call the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (131 880) to arrange an interview at their office in Perth. Every person applying must go to the interview (eg: a wife cannot go on behalf of her husband). The cost is approximately $285 per person (as at March 2017).
Children 15 years and under don't need to apply, they are included on their parent's application. Anyone 16 years and over will need to complete a separate application. The application form lists what documents you must take with you to the interview, which should take about one hour.
After several weeks, you will receive a letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection stating the outcome of your application. If successful, you will be emailed an official invitation approximately four weeks before your ceremony date. Ceremonies are usually held on a Monday or Tuesday at 6pm.
If you cannot attend the ceremony, please contact the City on 08 9411 3444 and we will move you to the next available date. Please note, in some cases, you may need to wait two to three months for the next available ceremony.
The whole process, from when you go to your interview to the time we swear you in is about three to six months. If you wish to be sworn in with family or friends who are also applying for citizenship, you must let Immigration know so they will link your applications together.
If you need a passport, a passport application can be lodged at your local post office after you receive your citizenship. It takes approximately 14 working days and requires a separate application form which you can get from your local post office.
Lost citizenship certificates
If you have lost your certificate and need evidence of your Australian citizenship, you must call the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131880. They will send you an application for Evidence of Citizenship. The cost is approximately $190 per person.
Apply early! If you are going to travel and wish to go on an Australian Passport, are going to university and want to apply for the Higher Education Contribution Scheme (HECS) or are applying for a job requiring Australian Citizenship, apply well in advance to avoid disappointment.
November/December/January/February are our busiest months for ceremonies, so try and avoid applying at this time to avoid long wait times.