Do children need to attend citizenship ceremonies?
Children aged 16years and over are legally required to attend the citizenship ceremony. Children under the age of 16 are not legally required to attend the ceremony, however are welcome to attend.
How can I find out when my citizenship ceremony will be?
The Shire of Chittering is unable to provide a ceremony date until we receive the Conferral Planning report from the Department of Immigration. These reports are sent to the Shire of Chittering once a month. Once the Shire receives these, you will be booked into the next available ceremony.
How do I apply for Australian citizenship?
You can download an application pack from the Department of Immigrations website Department of Immigration & Citizenship or visit their office located at Wellington Central, 836 Wellington Street, West Perth WA 6005. Contact telephone numbers are 131 880 or 131 881.
How long does the citizenship ceremony run for?
The Citizenship Ceremony runs for approximately half an hour. Refreshments are provided for recipients and their guests at the conclusion of the ceremony.
How many guests can I bring to the ceremony?
The Shire of Chittering allows for four guests per recipient (children are an exception).
I have lost my citizenship certificate, what can I do?
If you have lost your citizenship certificate you will need to contact the Department of Immigration on 131 881 to arrange a replacement. The Shire of Chittering cannot issue or replace citizenship certificates.
Is it possible to arrange a ceremony earlier than the standard waiting time (5-6 months)?
In exceptional circumstances a private ceremony may be arranged. A letter addressed to the Office of the Shire President, stating the reason for the urgency is required with all private ceremonies. For all queries regarding early citizenship ceremonies please contact Customer Service on 9576 4600.
What are the fees to apply for Australian Citizenship?
The fees range from $65 and $240 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 to confirm the fees.
What is the number for the Citizenship Information Line?
The Citizenship Information Lines' number is 131 880. It is open 24hours a day, seven days a week.
What is the waiting time for a ceremony?
The waiting period for a citizenship ceremony once you have received the approval letter from the Department of Immigration is between five and six months.