How can I prove I or my children have Australian Citizenship?

Information provided is taken directly from the www.immi.gov.au website to help our NZ families prove they or their children are Australian citizens.

In our experience it is   a common problem faced by our people when communicating with   the Immigration Department. Often incorrect information is given about our children's    actual citizenship status due to the complexities and confusion in trying to decipher laws and   time frames.  Cost as of March 2015 is $60.

Please click the links for the full details.

http://www.immi.gov.au/forms/Documents/119.pdf

FORM 119

This information is provided to help you complete the application form and guide you through the application process.

Use this form if you require evidence of Australian citizenship for yourself or your child/children. If you require confirmation of the Australian citizenship status of a deceased parent or grandparent and it is for official purposes, use form 1391 Request for confirmation of Australian citizenship status of a deceased person.

Form 1391 is available from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (the department) website www.citizenship.gov.au

If you are seeking citizenship information that is more than 30 years old and it is for genealogy or family research purposes contact the National Archives of Australia www.naa.gov.au

If you are seeking information about a third party (other than your child) please make a request under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 on form 424A

Request for access to documents or information, available from the department’s website www.immi.gov.au

There are 4 steps in the citizenship application process to obtain evidence of your citizenship.

Step 1 Eligibility – determine if you are eligible

You can apply for evidence of your Australian citizenship if you were:

• previously issued with an Australian citizenship certificate or extract (this includes children on a parent’s citizenship certificate)

• born in Australia and acquired Australian citizenship by birth

• born in Australia on or after 20 August 1986 and acquired Australian citizenship on your 10th birthday

• adopted in Australia and acquired Australian citizenship

• born in the former Australian Territory of Papua before 16 September 1975 acquired Australian citizenship and did not subsequently lose Australian citizenship on Independence Day

• born outside Australia after 26 January 1949 and acquired Australian citizenship by descent

• born outside Australia before 26 January 1949 and acquired Australian citizenship. Children Applications for children under 16 years of age must be made by a responsible parent. The Australian Citizenship Act 2007 defines responsible parent in relation to a child as:

• a parent, unless that parent does not have parental responsibility because of orders made by the Family Court of Australia, or

• any person having responsibility over the child because of an order made by the Family Court, or

• any person who has guardianship or custody of the child under an Australian law or a foreign law, whether because of adoption, operation of law, an order of a court or otherwise.

Step 2 Original documents – gather your original documents

Step 3 Copy and certify your documents

Step 4 Complete and lodge your application form