Australian Passport

how long does it take to get an australian passportObtaining an Australian passport is an ambitious and challenging goal.   It will take serious commitment and planning.      You want to get it right.  If you commit your life to this goal you want to ensure you are on the right path and you must be certain you will be successful. The rewards however, are well worth the effort.  Knowing that you are guaranteeing the freedom and right to live in Australia for yourself and your future generations.

How to Get an Australian Passport

  1. Apply for a Temporary or Permanent Australian Visa
  2. Reside in Australia for 4 years on any temporary or permanent visa and
  3. Reside in Australia for 12 months on a permanent visa
  4. Apply for Australian Citizenship
  5. Attend a Citizenship Test and Interview
  6. Attend a Citizenship Ceremony
  7. Apply for an Australian Passport

 

How Long will it Take to Obtain an Australian Passport

It will only take 2 business days to obtain an Australian passport via priority processing.  However, there are many steps to complete before you can submit your passport application.

Generally it will take 5+ years to obtain an Australian Passport.  The process includes 24 hrs to 16+ years to obtain an Australian visa, 4 years living in Australia and then 1 – 2 years for the Citizenship application to be processed.  However, there is a Fast Track option to obtaining an Australian Passport in 6 months

Fast Track Option to obtain an Australian Passport in 6 – 9 months

Are you of Exceptional Talent and Benefit to Australia?

You may be granted citizenship after residing in Australia on any temporary or permanent visa for 180 days in the 2 years before submitting your application for Citizenship.   During this 6 month period you must have resided in Australia for at least 90 days whilst holding a permanent visa.

If you are granted an 858  Distinguished Talent Visa or your work is considered critical to Australia you and your family may be granted a travel exemption to enter Australia during Covid.

You must agree to remain a resident in Australia for 2 years beginning on the day your Australian citizenship is granted, and spend at least 6 months physically in Australia during that 2 year period.

In order to qualify for this fast track option you must be engaged in activities that are considered of benefit to Australia.   You must must work in one of the occupations in Table A.

Table A
A writer granted a Distinguished Talent Visa

Actor, performer or otherwise engaged in the visual or performing arts and granted a Distinguished Talent Visa

A medical specialist, internationally renowned in their field

Scientist employed by an Australian university or Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation,   a medical research institute which is a member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI) and who has attained a PhD in their field of speciality and is undertaking research and development of benefit to Australia

 

Standard Process for Obtaining an Australian Passport

Apply for a Temporary or Permanent Australian Visa

The first step towards obtaining an Australian passport is to  obtain a permanent visa for Australia.   You will either need to apply via employer sponsorship, family sponsorship, skilled migration or business and investment migration.     There are also options for humanitarian visas and eligible New Zealand citizens.   However, we will not be covering those options in this article.

There are over 100 Australian visas and each migration stream listed below has several visa options contained within them.   Fast track applicants will usually apply for an 858 Distinguished Talent Visa.  Each visa is called a visa subclass and has a three digit number.   For instance, an offshore partner visa falls under the Family Migration Stream, subclass 309 Partner visa.   Detailed information for each migration stream and each visa subclass is provided by clicking on the below headings or via our main website drop down menu at the top of this page.

Processing times for Australian Visas

Processing times for  Australian visa applications vary significantly. From 24 hours for tourist visas, 2 -3 years for Spouse visas, 6 – 12 months for employer sponsored visas, 4 – 16 years+ for some parent visas.

Student Visa

A student visa is a temporary visa.   There is no direct pathway to permanent residency via a student visa.  However, some student visa holders can apply for a 485 temporary graduate visa following their studies. This may lead to gaining work experience in Australia and employer sponsorship via a 407 Training Visa or 482 Temporary Work Visa.   These visas may then lead to a permanent employer sponsored visa or skilled migration visa or even a spouse visa if they form a relationship with an Australian permanent resident, citizen or eligible New Zealand Citizen.

Employer Sponsorship

You will need an Australian business or overseas business to sponsor you to work full time in Australia.   Only limited occupations are eligible for employer sponsorship.   The lists of eligible occupations are updated frequently.  The skill level, experience and qualification requirements vary for each visa subclass and occupation.  You may be able to come to Australia on a temporary or permanent visa under the employer sponsorship stream.

Family Sponsorship

If you are the child, parent or spouse of an Australian permanent resident, Australian Citizen or Eligible New Zealand Citizen who is usually resident in Australia, you may qualify for a temporary or permanent visa under the Family Sponsorship Migration Stream

Skilled Migration

If you have the qualifications(usually a trade qualification or bachelor degree) and experience in an occupation in demand in Australia, you may be able to apply for a temporary or permanent visa under the Skilled Migration Stream.  Skilled Migration has reduced significantly and only applicants with occupations on the Priority Occupations List are likely to succeed under this pathway in 2021.

You can apply for skilled migration on based on your own skills and experience without employer sponsorship.    Applicants submit an Expression of Interest and DHA will invite suitable applicants from the pool to lodge a visa application.    State and Territory Governments also produce their own lists of occupations and criteria for State Sponsorship.   There are opportunities to be invited to apply for a visa under this migration stream from each State and Territory Government.

Business and Investment

The Australian Government is keen to attract highly successful and talented business owners, entrepreneurs and investors to migrate to Australia.    We are currently compiling more information regarding this migration stream and will update this article in due course.

Frequent Changes to Australian Visa Requirements

The Australian migration legislation and regulations change frequently in response to economic demand and developing migration programs.   The information on this website is intended for general information only.  You must engage the services of a registered migration to thoroughly examine your personal situation and future intentions against the backdrop of current legislation and policy.  Only then, should you proceed to submit an Australian visa application.

How long do you need to live in Australia to get Citizenship?

Unless you qualify for the fast track option outlined above, once you have lived in Australia for 4 years on any temporary visa and lived in Australia for 12 months on a permanent visa, you may qualify for Australian Citizenship.    You may travel outside Australia during this four year period as long you don’t spend more than 12 months’ cumulatively outside Australia in the 4 years immediately before you submit your Citizenship application.  You must also reside in Australia for 9 months out of the last 12 months immediately before submitting your application.

Apply for Australian Citizenship

Upon lodgment of your Australian Citizenship application, majority of applications are finalised in 1 – 3 years.    The Department of Home Affairs publishes standard processing times for 75 – 95% of cases.   At time of writing this article there are 161,000 applications for citizenship lodged with the DHA.     DHA state that from the date of citizenship application submission to the citizenship ceremony  is 19 – 20 months.   In our experience, processing times vary significantly.

At the time you apply for Australian Citizenship you must have been:

  • living in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years
  • a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen for the past 12 months
  • away from Australia for no more than 12 months in total in the past 4 years, including no more than 90 days in total in the past 12 months
  • You must intend to live in Australia or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia while overseas.

Close and continuing association with Australian may be demonstrated by:

    • a child who is an Australian citizen
    • a partner who is an Australian citizen and your time together
    • extended family in Australia
    • time spent in Australia
    • operating an Australian bank account
    • employment in Australia
    • history of paying income tax in Australia
    • owning property in Australia

 

Attend a Citizenship Test and Interview

DHA will contact you to arrange a time for your citizenship test and interview.  The test is multiple choice and completed on a computer.  You must score at least 75% in the citizenship test.   The interview is conducted in person.  The aim of this process is to ensure you have:

  • a basic knowledge of the English language
  • an understanding of what it means to become an Australian citizen
  • an adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of citizenship
  • an understanding and commitment to Australian values based on freedom, respect and equality

 

Attend the Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Most applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral must attend a citizenship ceremony and make the Australian Citizenship Pledge.  This completes the process to become an Australian citizen.  You will receive your Australian citizenship certificate at your ceremony.

Once you hold Australian Citizenship you must apply for an Australian Passport.   Australia places no restrictions on holding multiple passports and Australia does not required to renounce your citizenship from any other country.

Apply for an Australian Passport

Once you have received your Australian Citizenship Certificate you must apply for Australian passport to travel back into Australia.    The passport application process can take approx 3 weeks or 2 days via priority processing.

Looking for Help?

Visa Agent PerthMy name is Michelle Firth, I have been an registered Australian migration agent for over 20 years.   I founded Australian Visa Group in 2007. I have lived in Perth, Western Australia since 1982.   I have also resided on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.  Due to Covid I have returned to Perth, Western Australia and continue to offer my service via phone and e-mail to clients around the world.

If you would like to explore your pathway to gaining an Australian passport please contact me for an initial phone consultation.

 

 

our permanent residency application has just been approved and I wanted to thank Michelle Firth for everything she done for us, very knowledgeable and was always quick in her responses no matter the day or time.Can’t recommend Michelle enough.Thanks again
Craig Nolan
Craig Nolan
07:26 29 Jul 21
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Michelle was amazing and was always there to answer any questions we had, no matter the time or day.

Thanks again
Craig Nolan
Craig Nolan
07:22 29 Jul 21
Hi everyone,I have had the absolute pleasure of being helped by Michelle at Australian Visa Group to get my employer nominated visa.I came across Australian Visa Group and Michelle just by looking on Google, and at first I thought this wasn't a great idea as AVG is based in Perth and I am in Brisbane. After the first phone call, I was pretty confident in engaging Michelle for my visa application.I have nothing but praise throughout the whole process. Michelle is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and the communication was stellar and timely. We hit a bit of speedbump trying to obtain a police clearance from South Africa, but Michelle was on top of it with submitting the waiver and getting an extension to sort all that out, and finally got the visa issued.So even though I have not met Michelle face to face, I have no hesitation with recommending her and AVG for anyone looking to navigate through the visa application processes in Australia.Thanks Michelle.
Saikiran Mittapalli
Saikiran Mittapalli
05:49 26 May 21
Hi everyone,
I have had the absolute pleasure of being helped by Michelle at Australian Visa Group to get my employer nominated visa.
I came across Australian Visa Group and Michelle just by looking on Google, and at first I thought this wasn't a great idea as AVG is based in Perth and I am in Brisbane. After the first phone call, I was pretty confident in engaging Michelle for my visa application.
I have nothing but praise throughout the whole process. Michelle is extremely friendly, knowledgeable and the communication was stellar and timely. We hit a bit of speedbump trying to obtain a police clearance from South Africa, but Michelle was on top of it with submitting the waiver and getting an extension to sort all that out, and finally got the visa issued.
So even though I have not met Michelle face to face, I have no hesitation with recommending her and AVG for anyone looking to navigate through the visa application processes in Australia.
Thanks Michelle.
Saikiran Mittapalli
Saikiran Mittapalli
05:47 26 May 21
We've used Michelle for some years now, as we regularly need to source skilled professionals from overseas for our hard to fill vacancies. Michelle is brilliant. In managing the applications for our company and for our visa applicant, she always provides confidential advice for both parties appropriate to the situation. Michelle unfailingly provides accurate guidance and timely responses to navigate the complicated visa process. I can't recommend Michelle highly enough!
Ruth Thompson
Ruth Thompson
03:01 12 May 21
Since the first phone call I had with Michelle, she made clear that she was a very knowledgeable and respectful agent. My case was tricky due to some bad recommendations from my previous agent, and Michelle was a massive saver asking for all the information required to provide me with all my possible visa options. The process has been so smooth and her system to compile the documents is amazing, we had my application lodged in a week! She was responsive throughout the whole process and advised with the best type of documents and formats to get my application successful. I have received PR in less than a year! I can't thank her enough for the quick turnaround to lodge the application and for supporting me getting my application approved.
Helena Barroso
Helena Barroso
23:52 08 Apr 21
Australian Visa Group has done an incredible job in helping me meet my goal to become an Australian Permanent Resident. Thank you to my agent, Michelle Perth, for her patience, time and hard work for the entire process of my PR application. The submission and completion of my application has been done swiftly. I didn't expect I'dbecome a PR in just a matter of 2 months! Its a huge blessing and can't thank you enough.I would strongly recommend Michelle Firth and the Australian Visa Group to assist people in visa purposes and migration.Best RegardsJoel Manzan
Joel Manzan
Joel Manzan
02:01 03 Feb 21
Michelle from Australian Visa Group has processed our visa requirements over the past 4 years and during this period has proven to be highly knowledgeable and competent in the field of Immigration.
The engagement of our 482 / 186 visa employees has been a significant contributor towards our success and it has been extremely comforting to know that she will complete the task with the upmost efficiency, whilst keeping us informed of the process.
The feedback from our employees has been that Michelle has always supported them through the process and enabled their transition to Australia much easier.
It is without hesitation, that I recommend Michelle as she has certainly been a blessing to our operations..
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Graeme Sellars
Graeme Sellars
06:37 28 Jan 21
Extremely greatful to Michelle Firth who was very kind and patient with all my visa processing and procedures.Cheers Michelle.
Sai Raghav
Sai Raghav
02:24 26 Jan 21
There are lot of migration agents out there we spoke & interviewed a few, so glad we chose Michelle at Australian Visa Group.She explained and guided us through the stages and process of Bridging Visa and Partner visa as well as assisting with a couple of temporary exit visas.Exceedingly prompt in dealing with queries, the applications and correspondence generally, even after the visas had been issued.I would have no doubt in recommending AVG
michael driver
michael driver
21:31 30 Dec 20
There are lot of migration agents out there we spoke & interviewed a few, so glad we chose Michelle at Australian Visa Group.She explained and guided us through the stages and process of Bridging Visa and Partner visa as well as assisting with a couple of temporary exit visas.Exceedingly prompt in dealing with queries, the applications and correspondence generally, even after the visas had been issued.I would have no doubt in recommending AVG
michael driver
michael driver
21:23 30 Dec 20
Hi All,I highly recommend Australian Visa Group! Michelle Firth really does some amazing work!She assisted me with my grandfathered 457 nomination to PR which had previously felt like an impossible dream!!She is so friendly and kept me well informed and helped me with any questions along the way, she explained everything fully and was able to help me make sense of the whole process!Highly recommend Michelle, in the end the process ended up being a lot quicker than expected!Thank you again!
Lauren Connor
Lauren Connor
22:36 03 Sep 20
Hi All,
I highly recommend Australian Visa Group! Michelle Firth really does some amazing work!
She assisted me with my grandfathered 457 nomination to PR which had previously felt like an impossible dream!!
She is so friendly and kept me well informed and helped me with any questions along the way, she explained everything fully and was able to help me make sense of the whole process!

Highly recommend Michelle, in the end the process ended up being a lot quicker than expected!
Thank you again!
Lauren Connor
Lauren Connor
22:32 03 Sep 20
I would highly recommend appointing Michelle, she's knowledgeable, extremely helpful and responsive.
Shannen Kinsella
Shannen Kinsella
01:45 07 Jul 20
Michelle took her free time to listen to a cosa situation that is very complex and even though she wasn’t able to help us at this time she took 10 mins just to listen and try her best to help. Made a rough day just a little better. Amazing person, thank you so much for listening.
Liam Geraghty
Liam Geraghty
07:45 06 Jul 20
I had the pleasure of meeting Michelle in March. Though out the entire visa process, she kept in contact with me and helped me immediately whenever I emailed her my needs and enquiries. This is the best place for anyone to go in Perth if you need a reliable professional.
LNK
LNK
09:56 02 Jul 20
Michelle's services are exceptional.
CHARLTON MWEETWA
CHARLTON MWEETWA
04:05 24 May 20
Michelle did an amazing work. She was very patient with me to help me understand the steps and made sure that I had everything ready to have no unnecessarily delay. Thanks AVG and Michelle.
J LP
J LP
08:28 06 Mar 20
Just phoned in and Michelle was very kind to answer my inquiry over the phone unlike other places I've tried. Will definitely come back if I need her to help with new employer sponsorship!
cathy su
cathy su
06:19 05 Feb 20
5 stars! Michelle did an amazing job. Would highly recommend her.
Mia Selena
Mia Selena
05:47 02 Aug 19
Efficient and helpful. I 100% recommend.
Italo Mendonça
Italo Mendonça
05:47 02 Aug 19
Great communication and the outcome I required. Thanks Michelle.
James McInerney
James McInerney
11:30 17 Jul 19
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Jeyaa Jeyaa
Jeyaa Jeyaa
21:48 04 Jun 19
Santi Fernandez
Santi Fernandez
03:13 24 Mar 19
Thanks to Michelle my family and I could achieve our permanent residency without even being asked for extra documentation by the department. Michelle is one of the most honest and detail oriented immigration lawyer I have ever meet, if anybody wish a decision ready application I would highly recommend her services. Same happened with our 457 visa 2 year ago, we needed a transfer of employers and in 2 weeks everything was sorted!
Cristina Costache
Cristina Costache
02:47 24 Mar 19
Thanks to Michelle my family and I could achieve our permanent residency without even being asked for extra documentation by the department. Michelle is one of the most honest and detail oriented immigration lawyer I have ever meet, if anybody wish a decision ready application I would highly recommend her services. Same happened with our 457 visa 2 year ago, we needed a transfer of employers and in 2 weeks everything was sorted!
Michelle took care of our visa’s to arrange our working holiday in Australia. She did an amazing job, was very quick with email responses and helped us through the whole process. Despite the timedifference we still managed to stay in (almost) direct contact. Maximum response time on email is 5 minutes during the day! I would for sure use this company again to arrange visa’s👍👍
Corné Roubos
Corné Roubos
11:37 19 Feb 19
I was very happy with Michelle's help. She helped us tremendously well with the visas of me and my husband. She always responded quickly to e-mails and that is very pleasant. She also helped us with other questions we had about things other than the visa. Thank you for all your help.
I would recommend Australia Visa group, they provided great assistance and support with my application for a Spouse Visa> They kept me informed at all times and their advice on the process and time frame was correct. Pleasure having them as my visa agent.
Charlie Napier
Charlie Napier
07:55 08 Feb 19
I highly recommend Michelle Firth as your visa agent. My husband and I have been clients of Michelle since 2015 and she has assisted us with all of our partner visas, the 300, the 820 and currently in the process of the 801. Needless to say she is very good at what she does and she has made the whole migrating process a lot less stressful for us. She answers all questions promptly and takes time to explain when confusion occurs. In urgent matters she has only been a phone call away. Her professional and friendly approach means that you as a client always feel that your situation is important and you are being well looked after. To anyone needing assistance with your visa, get in contact with Michelle.
Jessica Corlett
Jessica Corlett
03:47 15 Jan 19
I can not recommend Michelle enough, I got my 457 through Michelle in 2015 and it was easy, she is very knowledgeable and helpful. I am currently applying for my PR visa with Michelle And although it’s lots of paperwork and stress Michelle has done her best to make it as smooth as can be. Thank you Michelle for your help these last years and hopefully we will get more good news on my new visa. Thanks Nic x
Nic Foley
Nic Foley
01:24 15 Jan 19
Michelle is first class immigration agent. Knows the system inside out, explains it clearly and you never have to worry about her not following up. Have recommended her to others who are equally as pleased. Highly recommend.
Derek Nolan
Derek Nolan
01:06 15 Jan 19
Hien Lgph
Hien Lgph
05:39 02 Dec 18
I would definitely recommend Australian Visa Group to people who need consultation for migration pathways. Michelle is very professional, responsive and effective in explaining different visa options for my case. I highly appreciate wonderful service of Australian Visa Group.
Hillary JL
Hillary JL
05:38 02 Dec 18
Highly recommend Australian Visa Group... Michelle Firth was my agent helping me with my application in the first half of 2017. She worked with me and my perspective employer to move from a 417 to a 457 before the 457 was abolished.

While the changes to 457 were being announced, it was very scary being in limbo... the process is long and worrying regardless but also not knowing if I was eligible any longer added extra stress. Michelle kept me well informed and helped me with any questions along the way, she explained everything fully and was able to help me make sense of the whole process instead of me trying to piece it together from blogs and news reports.

Highly recommend Michelle, in the end the process ended up being a lot quicker than expected!
Alex Woolford
Alex Woolford
02:54 05 Nov 18
Michelle Firth was extremely professional and friendly to deal with from the start of the process all the way to the end. Anytime I had questions (and there were a lot!) she would provide me with a detailed reply to my query. She made what could have been a very stressful process to get my PR in Australia simply seamless. I could not recommend her enough!
Courtney Blishen
Courtney Blishen
06:27 29 Oct 18
I was referred to Michelle at Australian Visa Group over a year ago by a friend of mine who had previously used her services. Prior to being referred I had started to use another immigration lawyer who I wasn’t convinced had my best interests at heart, and as soon as I had an initial discussion with Michelle I was immediately confident in her ability and she had finally put my mind at ease about the whole process.Michelle is a highly knowledgeable, professional and skilled Immigration Lawyer, who continually updated me on each step of my application and was always available along the way to answer any questions I may have had.She has guided me through the whole process step by step and has made many of the daunting tasks appear and become achievable.I couldn’t speak any more highly of Michelle and have since recommended her company to colleagues of mine who’ve required visa assistance.
Ben Mascall
Ben Mascall
07:17 17 Oct 18
Australian Visa Group rendered great service when I had to apply for 457 visa and subsequently 186 Visa. Nothing can go wrong with them. I didn't have to worry about anything even though I am from Melbourne and they are based in Perth. I certainly recommend their service to anyone and everyone if they want hassle free visa applicatons no matter where they are.
Sandip Patel
Sandip Patel
06:09 15 Oct 18
Australian Visa Group, particularly Michelle Firth had provided great service in my visa application twice. Despite being from Melbourne I never had a feeling that I was dealing with someone in Perth. Always had a great communication with them with great care they provided during my 457 and 186 visa applications. I definitely recommend them for visa services. No matter where you are, AVG won't disappoint you
Sandip - Hiral Patel
Sandip - Hiral Patel
06:06 15 Oct 18
Today is the day I, along with my wife, got permanent resident visa and all thanks to Michelle for that. I had complete faith in her judgement because the way she has managed everything is outstanding.

I was in Perth, Australia but wife was overseas and that's what made things complicated as to how to go about it. But my decision to appoint Michelle to represent me turned out to be amazing.

She is extremely effective & responsive and the level of professionalism she has shown throughout the process is outstanding.

I would definitely recommend Australia Visa Group to everyone who are looking for migration agents and lawyers for their prospective visas.
Saad Silat
Saad Silat
06:23 12 Sep 17
I would highly recommend working with Michelle. She is extremely effective, detail-oriented, responsive and empathetic, and communicates in plain english rather than lawyerspeak.
Rory Costello
Rory Costello
05:38 29 Aug 17
We contacted Australian Visa Group in order to get a full on assist with partners visa application process. It turned out to be wonderful. The service provided to us by Michelle Firth, everything from a-b was very professionally done, such as information provided by Michelle, response time was very good and super friendly online client portal.

Very much recommended!
Róbert Ómarsson
Róbert Ómarsson
15:22 04 Jul 17
Ffion Maelor Evans
Ffion Maelor Evans
21:52 23 Feb 17
My experience with the company, and specifically Michelle, was excellent throughout my PR application. I was very happy with the level of communication, and never felt I was in the dark at any stage. There was never a silly question and Michelle's explanation regarding the process was always clear and concise. I would recommend, and have done several times, Michelle to anyone seeking a visa or migration advice/assistance.. Top Job..
Lee Colville
Lee Colville
02:10 16 Feb 17
Steve Manu
Steve Manu
13:12 15 Feb 17
Amy Pollard
Amy Pollard
09:05 04 Dec 16