Becoming an Australian citizen is an exciting and proud moment for thousands of individuals every year. In celebration of those who have chosen to live “down under”, the City of Swan hosts citizenship ceremonies to welcome those living in our beautiful City.
Ceremonies are held every month, with a larger, more formal ceremony on Australia Day, January 26.
How do I apply?
The City of Swan cannot assist with applications for Australian Citizenship.
To become an Australian Citizen, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Visit the Department of Immigration and Border Protection website to review your options, or call the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 131 880 to discuss.
- Send your completed Application Form, all relevant documentation and the appropriate fee to DIBP;
- If your application is approved, you’ll receive written notification from the DIBP they will also advise the City of Swan of your approval;
- Within 3 - 6 months the City of Swan will contact you to invite you to a citizenship ceremony.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible to apply for Australian Citizenship, you must satisfy all of the following conditions. You must:
- be a permanent resident of Australia;
- have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for the last four years, including the last 12 months as a permanent resident;
- be able to speak and understand basic English;
- have adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and priviliges of Australian Citizenship;
- be of good character; and
- intend to reside in Australia or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia.
Please note, we can’t arrange your citizenship ceremony until your application has been approved by the DIBP and they’ve officially notified us. If you’d like more information, please contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) on 131 881 or visit their website at www.border.gov.au .
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: When and where are citizenship ceremonies held?
A: The City of Swan holds regular citizenship ceremonies at the Midland Town Hall. Registration opens at 6.45pm and the ceremony commences at 7.30pm. Guests should arrive at least 15 minutes before the ceremony start time, light refreshments are served. Ceremonies usually conclude around 8.30pm.
Q: When will my citizenship ceremony be?
A: The City cannot provide an exact date until we receive notification of your citizenship approval from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP). Once the City receives the notification of your approval (around two weeks after you receive approval) you will be booked into the next available ceremony. An invitation to the ceremony will be sent a month prior to the ceremony.
Q: What is the waiting period for a ceremony?
A: Currently it is approximately three to six months after you have received your approval letter from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
Q: When will I receive notification confirming my ceremony?
A: An invitation will be posted approximately three to four weeks prior to your ceremony date.
Q: What do I need to bring to the ceremony?
A: Recipients aged 16 years or older are legally required to bring photographic identification such as a driver's license or passport. Please also bring your invitation to assist in the registration process.
Q: Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?
A: Children aged 16 years or older are legally required to attend the citizenship ceremony and take the citizenship pledge to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to attend the ceremony and take the pledge but are strongly encouraged to.
Q: What is the difference between Pledge 1 and Pledge 2?
A: There are two variations of the citizenship pledge - Pledge 1, the Oath refers to God, where as Pledge 2, does not.
Q: How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?
A: The City allows two guests per family/recipient, however children/dependants are an exception.
Q: What is the dress code for the ceremony?
A: Smart casual dress is recommended. Alternatively, recipients who want to wear traditional dress are encouraged to.
Q: Do you accept residents outside the City of Swan?
A: No, unfortunately the City cannot accept recipients from outside of its boundaries.
Q: Is it possible to arrange a ceremony earlier than the standard waiting time?
A: In exceptional circumstances a private ceremony may be arranged. This must be approved by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, who can be contacted on 131 880.
Q: What should I do if I lose my citizenship certificate?
A: You will need to contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection to arrange a replacement on 131 880. The City of Swan cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.
Q: What are the fees to apply for citizenship?
A: Fees vary, depending on the type of citizenship you are applying for. Fees are made payable to the Department of Immigration. Before applying, applicants are advised to ring the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.
Q: What is the number for the Citizenship Information Line?
A: The Citizenship Information Line is 131 880. It is open Monday to Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm.