Australian Embassy

Citizenship by Descent

About Citizenship by Descent

You may be eligible to apply to become an Australian citizen by descent if:

  • you were born outside Australia and
  • one of your parents was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth.

If your Australian citizen parent was a citizen by descent, then that parent must have spent at least two years in Australia.

IMPORTANT: Australia allows its citizens to hold dual nationalities (see: dual citizenship). Other countries may not.  If you are a citizen of another country and wish to apply for Australian citizenship, it is important to check if the other country allows its citizens to hold dual or multiple citizenships.

Please see Other information about Australian citizenship including dual citizenship

How to apply


Last updated: 05/07/2018