12 September 2012

Accelerated citizenship for families of Australian Defence recruits

The Australian Government’s amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 will now allow for fast-tracking of Australian citizenship for certain family members of overseas lateral recruits to the Australian Defence Force ("ADF"). The amendments come into effect on 1 January 2013.

Family members of current and future lateral recruits to the ADF are now eligible for conferral of Australian citizenship at the same time as the lateral recruit, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship, Chris Bowen, MP, and the Minister for Defence Science and Personnel, Warren Snowdon, MP, announced today in a press release.

In order to qualify, the overseas lateral recruit must be granted a certain visa after 1 July 2007 and undertake 90 days service in either the permanent or reserve forces of the Navy, Army or Air Force.

Family members of overseas lateral recruits who were granted the same visa on or after 1 July 2007 can take advantage of these amendments when they come into effect. Further information is available online at www.citizenship.gov.au

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