Australian Embassy

Applying for Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship

The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are a number of different application options with different eligibility requirements. To apply for Australian citizenship you must first determine if you are eligible. You can use our Citizenship Wizard to guide you on what to do and how to apply for Australian citizenship.


Australian Citizenship by Descent

Applications for citizenship by descent can be lodged at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection at the Australian Embassy in Yangon. However, the application will be forwarded and processed at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand. A child born overseas can be registered as an Australian citizen by descent if at least one of the parents is an Australian citizen at the time of the child’s birth. A person becomes a citizen on the date he/she is registered as a citizen by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.

A parent can apply for registration of Australian citizenship by descent on behalf of the child before the child reaches 16 years of age.


How to apply for Citizenship by Descent

If the applicant is under 16, either parent may apply on the child’s behalf. If only one parent is an Australian citizen, either parent may apply.
1. Download the Citizenship by descent checklist. The checklist will help you prepare all the documents you need for the application.
2. Download and complete the correct form - Form 118
3. Make sure you have the right Visa Application Charges
4. Read the information on how and where to lodge your application
5. See the processing time for Citizenship by Descent

Please note that Citizenship by Descent applications lodged at the Australian Embassy in Yangon will be transferred and processed at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok, Thailand.