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Applying for citizenship and a passport after PR granted


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Could anyone please tell me how long I have to be resident in Australia before I can apply for citizenship and a passport please? I have PR but haven't moved yet and presume that the clock will start once I am actually residing down under.


Any help is very much appreciated!



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Thanks for this. I thought I had read somewhere on here you could start the application after 2 years??


It used to be 2 but changed several years back.


As well as the 4 years, there are restrictions on the number of days you can be absent from Australia during that period.

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You must not have been out of Australia for more than a total of 12 months in the last 4 years and no more than 90 days in the 12 months prior to application. There is a tool on the citizenship web site that allows you to enter the dates of absence and calculates when you are eligible


I've tried using that, but can't get my head round it :)

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