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How much does it cost to become an Australian citizen?

How much does it cost to become an Australian citizen?

Applying for Australian citizenship? The cost of application varies, depending on the applicant’s eligibility and the form they will use. Free concessions or exemptions, however, are applicable in some cases. Read on for information on each eligibility form’s specific cost.

There are different categories that applicants need to understand and look into when they decide to apply for Australian citizenship. The applicant’s category and eligibility form will depend on their personal situation and circumstances. From these categories, the applicant will then exact their specific citizenship application fee.

Categories for eligibility for Australian citizenship:

  • Form 1300t
  • Form 1290t

Form 1300t

This is the general eligibility form commonly used for applicants aged 18 years or older and under 60 years.

Form 1290t

This is the eligibility form used for other situations and special circumstances, for applicants:

  • Aged under 18 years or over 60 years
  • Who suffer from a substantial impairment or permanent loss of hearing, speech, and sight
  • Who has an enduring mental and/or physical incapacity which renders the person incapable of understanding the nature of the citizenship application, demonstrating a basic knowledge of the English language, and/or demonstrating an adequate understanding of the Country and of the rights, privileges, and responsibilities of being its citizen

Other forms for specific eligibility and/or situational categories

  • Form 119 — Evidence of Australian citizenship
  • Form 132 — Resumption of Australian citizenship
  • Form 118 — Australian citizenship by descent
  • Form 1272 — Adoption under full Hague Convention or bilateral arrangements
  • Form 128 — Renunciation of Australian citizenship

Interested applicants can download the forms from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s (DIBP) official website. Learn more about applying for Australian citizenship and the time it takes for the application process.

Each form and type of application has a corresponding fee (in AU$). Refer to below list:

  • Form 1300t — general eligibility (required to sit the citizenship test): AU$285; concession fee (discussed below): AU$40; child(ren) aged under 16 years applying on the same form as parent(s): nil/no payable fee
  • Form 1290 — other situations and circumstances (not required to sit the citizenship test): AU$180; concession fee (discussed below): AU$20; child(ren) aged under 16 years applying for the same form as parent(s): nil/no payable fee
  • Form 119 — evidence of Australian citizenship: AU$190; fee exemption available (discussed below)
  • Form 132 — resumption of Australian citizenship: AU$210
  • Form 118 — Australian citizenship by descent: AU$230; second and subsequent siblings applying at the same time: AU$95
  • Form 1272 — adoption under full Hague Convention or bilateral agreements: AU$230; second and subsequent siblings applying at the same time: AU$95
  • Form 128 — renunciation of Australian citizenship: AU$205

Form 119 fee exemption

The fee is nil/no fee is payable if:

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  • The application is a replacement of the evidence of established Australian citizenship that was damaged, lost, or destroyed due to a natural disaster on the DIBP’s list of natural disasters (visit the DIBP’s official website for the specific items on said list)
  • The application is made within 18 months of the specified date for the natural disaster on the DIBP’s list of natural disasters

Forms 1300t and 1290 fee exemptions and concessions

The fee is nil/no fee is payable for:

  • British and Maltese former child migrants who came to Australia between 22 September 1947 and 31 December 1967 without their parents, under the Commonwealth Child Migration Scheme — applicants will need a letter from the Child Migrants Trust confirming the details of their arrival and sponsorship; applicants will then submit this letter together with their application
  • Individuals who have served with the Australian Defence Force for a period of 90 days and more, or who have completed 90 days or more of National Service before 26 November 1964 will have to submit an official evidence of  service in the permanent forces for the Commonwealth of Australia upon lodging their citizenship application
  • Individuals applying under the section 21(8) of the Australian Citizenship Act (2007) or the Statelessness provision

Holders of Pensioner Concession Card (PCC) or Health Care Card (HCC)

Applicants must provide a copy (both sides) of their card showing a code or pension listed below, with their citizenship application form. The fee is AU$40 (Form 1300t) or AU$20 (Form 1290) for:

  • A Pensioner Concession Card with the code AGE, AGE BLIND, CAR, DSP, NSA, PPP, PTA, SAL, SPL, WAL, WDA, WFA, WFD, WFW, WID, or YAL
  • A Pensioner Concession Card with the code PPS, and if  are aged over 60 and with evidence that they have been in receipt of PPS payment for at least 9 months
  • A Health Care Card with the code PA or WA
  • A Department of Veterans' Affairs (DVA) Pensioner Concession Card for one of the following pensions: Age Service Pension, Age Pension (code AGE), Invalidity Service Pension, Income Support Supplement, or Partner Service Pension

If the applicant’s concession card has a code other than those listed above, this means that they are not eligible for a concession fee. Not a qualifying code for a fee concession: code PP endorsed on a Health Care Card.

Applicants should be prepared with their citizenship application by identifying their eligibility category and specifics with their corresponding fee(s). Doing so will certainly save applicants the hassle and make the application process much more convenient.

 

How much does it cost to become an Australian citizen?
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