How long does it take to get Australian citizenship after permanent residency? Once I am granted citizenship, do I need to contact the City of Bayswater to apply to attend a citizenship ceremony?
There are several factors that may affect the time it takes to obtain Australian citizenship once you have become a permanent resident of Australia. Some of these factors include:
- Processing times for relevant paperwork
- Incorrect or incomplete information being submitted
- Number of eligible persons waiting to be allocated a citizenship date.
For more information, contact the Department of Home Affairs on 131 881 or visit immi.homeaffairs.gov.au
How many times a year does the City of Bayswater hold citizenship ceremonies?
No, you do not need to contact the City. The City will send an invitation to you once you have been allocated a ceremony date.
How long will I have to wait to attend a ceremony?
It depends on how many community members are approved to become citizens in any particular year. If there are more applicants, the number of ceremonies will increase.
What if I cannot attend on the date given to me by the City of Bayswater?
Depending on how many applicants are on the waiting list, the waiting time can be up to 12 months.
I need to attend a ceremony urgently. What should I do?
Please contact the City's Events team on (08) 9272 0674 or email email@example.com
Do I need to bring any paperwork to the ceremony?
You will need to contact the Department of Home Affairs to discuss your options.
How long before the ceremony should I arrive at the venue?
Yes. Please bring photographic identification and your ceremony invitation with you on the day.
How long does a ceremony take?
Please arrive at the venue at least 30 minutes before the scheduled ceremony time.
Does my child have to take the pledge if they were also granted residency?
Ceremonies can take between 30 and 60 minutes.
Are ceremonies held inside or outside?
Children under the age of 16 are not required to take the pledge at the ceremony, however, they will receive a certificate on the day.
What should I wear to the ceremony?
All ceremonies are held inside the City's Civic Centre at 61 Broun Avenue, Morley.
How many people will be there?
The dress code is formal or smart casual.
Does the City have wheelchair access?
Approximately 100 people will be there, including guests and VIPs.
Can I bring my partner/children/parents/siblings/friends to the ceremony to watch me take my pledge? If so, how many?
Yes. There is a wheelchair accessible lift to the ground floor, where the ceremony is held. There are also amenities on this level.
Will I/my family/my friends be allowed to take photographs at the ceremony?
One guest per family is permitted to attend.
Will there be officials at the ceremony?
Yes, you are permitted to take photographs at the ceremony.
Will I receive a certificate at the ceremony?
The Mayor or Deputy Mayor of the City of Bayswater will be in attendance. Additionally, Elected Members and local politicians often attend our citizenship ceremonies.
What if the information on my certificate is incorrect?
After you have made the pledge, you will receive your citizenship certificate.
Will there be refreshments at the ceremony?
Please see a member of staff before you leave.
How can I enrol to vote?
There are no refreshments served at the ceremony, however, new citizens will be given a small gift to take home.
I moved house or changed my email address, how do I update my details?
It is compulsory by law for all eligible Australian citizens to enrol and vote in federal elections, by-elections and referendums.
You can visit the Australian Electoral Commission website here.
Information will also be provided in your citizenship certificate pack and occasionally, an AEC representative will attend a Ceremony.
You can update your details on your ImmiAccount. By updating your details through your ImmiAccount, the changes will be immediate.
Alternatively, download the Form 929 Change of address and/or passport details on the Department of Home Affairs website. Then email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org