Refugee and humanitarian entrants

Generally you may be eligible for citizenship if you arrived in Australia as a refugee or humanitarian entrant and you:

  • are a permanent resident
  • satisfy the residence requirements
  • are of good character.

If you are 18 years or older you must live in Australia for 4 years on your permanent residency visa before you can apply for Australian citizenship.

During that 4 years, you may leave Australia for periods that total one year. In the year immediately before you apply, you must have been in Australia for 9 months or more.

When you apply, you will be required to complete an application form, pay a fee, and sit and pass a citizenship test to show that you can speak basic English and that you have a knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship. You will also have to bring original documents to show that you are a permanent resident in Australia, and prove your identity and good character.

Your Australian citizenship options

Refugee or humanitarian entrants who satisfy the eligibility requirements apply for Australian citizenship by conferral.

There are two categories of eligibility:

  • Form 1300t Australian citizenship - General eligibility for applicants aged 18 years and over and under 60 years of age.
  • Form 1290 Australian citizenship – Other situations for applicants aged under 18 years, applicants aged 60 years or over, or applicants in special circumstances. 

Find out how to apply for Australian citizenship and apply online.

You can also apply on a paper application form