The process of applying for Australian Citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different citizenship application options with different eligibility requirements.

Once your citizenship application is lodged you will undertake a citizenship test.

The citizenship test consists of 20 multiple choice questions, in English. You will need to score a minimum 75% to pass. The nearest citizen test venues for Muswellbrook residents are Newcastle and Tamworth.

Your citizenship application and test are conducted through the Department of Immigration.

Your Australian Citizenship Pledge

The final step to become an Australian citizen is to make the Australian Citizenship Pledge at an Australian Citizenship Ceremony.

You will receive an invitation to attend the Australian Citizenship Ceremony

Once your application for Australian Citizenship has been approved you will receive a letter of invitation from Muswellbrook Shire Council to attend a Citizenship Ceremony. These ceremonies are held at the Muswellbrook Shire Council Administration Centre, 157 Maitland Street, Muswellbrook.

Generally the ceremony will be held within 6 months of your application being approved.

Attending a citizenship ceremony is an occasion for celebration with friends, family and members of your new community.

You can then vote in Australian elections

Once the ceremony has been completed you will be offered the opportunity to put your name on the Australian Electoral roll. You may complete your enrolment form at the ceremony or take it home to complete later. Whatever you decide to do, it is your responsibility to enrol to vote once you become a citizen. Voting in Australia is compulsory.

You will also be given your Citizenship certificate unless you are attending an urgent ceremony, in which case your certificate will be posted to you.

For more information...

For information regarding citizenship applications, required documents, and fees and charges please visit the Department of Immigration website, or call 131 880.

Department of Immigration website

For more information regarding citizenship ceremonies call Muswellbrook Shire Council on 6549 3700.

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