The general residence requirement is one of the eligibility criteria you must meet to apply for Australian citizenship. All previous transitional arrangements no longer apply and as of 1 July 2010 there is only one general residence requirement which everyone aged 16 and over is required to meet. This residence requirement applies to all applicants regardless of when they first arrived in Australia. It is based on the length of time:
- you have lawfully lived in Australia
- you have spent outside Australia
- you have been a permanent resident
From 1 July 2010 all citizenship applicants will need to meet this residence requirement at the time they apply for Australian citizenship.
- You must have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying, including 1 year as a permanent resident, and
- You must not have been absent from Australia for more than 1 year during the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year immediately before applying.
The DIAC provide a residence calculator service if you are unsure what this means for you. It is important that you know when you have completed your residency period so that you can proceed with your application for citizenship.