Australian Citizenship Application Processing Times
Australian Citizenship Application Processing Times

Australian Citizenship Application Processing Times October 2021

Current Leadtime Australian Citizen application?

Current You can become a citizen of Australia in different ways. You must meet the Australian government’s criteria before you apply. Conferral and descent are the most common ways to apply.

​​​Australian citizenship is an important step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and Australias shared values. It is also the beginning of your formal membership in the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’.​​​

Below you can find the current Australian Citizenship Application Processing Times

Australian Citizenship application type 75% of applications processed in 90% of applications processed in
Conferral (lodgement to ceremony**) 14 months 17 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 2 months 5 months
Evidence (lodgement to decision) 23 days 44 days

**A small proportion of applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral are not required to attend a ceremony. For Descent and Evidence applications, allow an additional 10 days for printing and postage of your certificate. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.

Current Australian Immigration processing lead time as of February 2007

When were these processing times last updated?

We review and check the processing times for all Australian visas regularly. The timestamp for the last time these processing time were updated is 2021-10-12 07:57:02

Written by Mark

As the founder of Getting Down Under, Mark is passionate about demystifying the process associated with a move to Australia. Having launched Getting Down Under in early January 2006 and made the move to Australia from the UK in the same year, Mark continues to share resources and support for those looking for assistance. If you have a question for Mark, please post in our Community Forums. Please note All information provided on Getting Down Under should be considered in conjunction with our disclaimer. Please seek professional advice if you have any doubts! 

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