Spouses and partners of Australian citizens do not have an automatic right to Australian citizenship. You will need to apply for citizenship and satisfy the eligibility criteria in the same way as other adult applicants.
However, you may be eligible for a variation to the residence requirement. This means the time you spent overseas while a permanent resident may be counted as time spent in Australia, providing you can demonstrate a close connection to Australia.
This also applies to the surviving spouse or partner of an Australian citizen and interdependent partners of Australian citizens.
Your Australian citizenship options
Spouses and partners with permanent residence 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.