Australia Day is a day for all citizens and residents to celebrate the wonderful country that is Australia. It is also the day that many residents whom originally came to Australia on a Visa take the pledge to become an Australian citizen. On Australia Day 2015 there were 330 registered citizenship events held around the country.
The most iconic ceremony of them all was the national citizenship ceremony held in Canberra on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in front of parliament house.
Prime Minister Tony Abbott personally presided over the 25 residents from 15 different countries which were sworn in as Australian citizens after pledging their allegiance to Australia. The event was sealed with the traditional 21-gun salute as families and spectators waved their Australian flags with pride.
So how do you become an Australian citizen? The first step is you must become a permanent resident which may require you to apply for a permanent Visa. Depending on which country you come from, this will require you to live in a specified region for at least 2 years. You can also obtain permanent residency by obtaining sponsorship under the Regional Sponsored Migration Scheme.
The Permanent entry Visas are categorized under two main streams through the Australian Department of Immigration:
The Migration Programme
This stream is when assessment for permanent residency is based upon health, skills, age, English language ability, financial resources, family and business contacts in Australia.
This is for applications from:
The Humanitarian Programme
As described by the Australian Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the Humanitarian programme provides protection and resettlement to refugees and others in humanitarian need from all parts of the world.
If you would like any further information on your eligibility to apply for permanent residency in Australia, please contact our experienced team of migration agents based in Brisbane, Australia for assistance.