Citizenship online applications

​​An online application option is available for most people applying for:

  • Australian citizenship (conferral - general eligibility or other situations)
  • Australian citizenship by descent
  • Evidence of Australian citizenship.

If you are applying for citizenship by adoption or resumption or you want to renounce your Australian citizenship, you will need to apply on a paper application form.

Before you start

Check that you are eligible for your application type:

If you're not sure which application type is for you, use the Citizenship Wizard.

You will also need to have your original documents ready to scan and attach to your application.

You cannot apply​ online for Australian citizenship (conferral - general eligibility or other situations) and will need to lodge a paper application (form 1300t or 1290) if you:

  • are applying for a fee concession or exemption
  • are part of the Australian Defence Force
  • are a stateless person
  • do not have a passport
  • have not travelled in and out of Australia since July 1990.

You cannot apply for evidence of Australian citizenship online and will need to lodge a paper application Form 119 - Application for evidence of Australian citizenship (427KB PDF) if:

  • the application is to replace evidence of Australian citizenship that was lost, destroyed or damaged due to a natural disaster on our natural ​disaster list (207KB PDF)
  • the application is within 18 months of the date specified for the natural disaster on the list. 

What documents you need

You will need to scan and attach original documents to your online application.

Use this document ​checklist as a guide to the original documents required.

You will need to scan all of your original documents including your completed Form 1195 – Identity declaration (288KB PDF) and an endorsed photograph, so that you can attach them to your online application.

Read the guidelines on attaching documents for information on how to correctly scan and save your documents ready for attaching to your online application.

If you are invited to a citizenship appointment, you will need to bring with you the original documents for yourself and each person included in your application.

Start your application for Australian citizenship

Australian citizenship (conferral - general eligibility)

Create or access your ​ImmiAccount to start your application if you:

Australian citizenship (conferral – other situations)

Create or access your ​ImmiAccount to start your application if you:

  • are 60 years of age and over, or 17 years of age and under, or
  • between 18 and 59 years of age and you:
    • were born overseas to a parent who had previously lost their Australian citizenship because they acquired the citizenship of another country, or
    • suffer from a permanent loss or substantial impairment of hearing, speech or sight, or
    • have an enduring physical or mental incapacity that means you are not capable of understanding the nature of your citizenship application, or
    • were born in Papua before 16 September 1975 and one of your parents was born in Australia, as it is now, and was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth
  • meet the eligibility requirements
  • have all of the required documents.

Start your application for Australian by descent

Create or access your ​ImmiAccount​​ to start your application if you:

Note: If there are multiple siblings making an application at the same time, the second and subsequent siblings are entitled to a discounted application fee. The first sibling is required to pay the full fee.

Start your application for evidence of Australian citizenship

Create or access your  ​ImmiAccount​​ to start your application if you:

Continue your saved application

You will need to log into your ImmiAccount in order to continue your saved application. To access your ImmiAccount, you will require the user name and password you created when you set up your ImmiAccount.

If you do not remember your username or password, you will be able to retrieve them through ImmiAccount under the 'forgot your password' or 'forgot your username' selections.

Attach documents to your application

Access your ImmiAccount​ to attach your scanned documents. Click on the 'Reference no' TRN link to access your submitted application. A list of the documents you selected in your application will be displayed. Click on the 'Attach document' link located next to the document you want to upload.

If you have forgotten your username or password, you can retrieve these in ImmiAccount.

Application for Australian citizenship (forms 1300t and 1290) submitted before 17 April 2015

If you have already exited your application you will need to access your application to attach your documents. You will need your Transaction Reference Number (TRN), your date of birth and the password that you selected when you created and saved your application.

If you have forgotten your password and are unable to attach your documents, please contact us.

Check the progress of your application

Log into ImmiAccount to view the following information about your online application at any time after you submit it:

  • the date we received your application
  • the date we received the application fee and your receipt details
  • if we have sent you a letter about your application, the date we did this
  • a copy of your application form.

If you have an enquiry about the status of your application which is not addressed above, you can contact the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

Technical information and accessibility

Detailed information about planned system maintenance and technical issues is available.

Browser requirements

To apply online your browser must support 128 bit encryption. More information on browser requirements is available.

Help with Forms 1300t and 1290

If you are experiencing difficulty with your online application, most fields have help information that can be accessed by clicking on the help symbol.

If the help symbol does not meet your needs, or you are having a technical issue with your online application, contact the department for assistanc​e by clicking on the helpsymbol located at the top of each page of your online application.

Accessibility and support

We try to make the online information and systems user-friendly for you regardless of your ability or background, by following worldwide web standards and providing information for you in multiple formats.

We are working to comply with Level AA of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0, a technical standard which describes how to make web content more usable and accessible for everyone.

If you have any issues accessing information or services on an online form, or would like to request assistance please contact us by:

  • completing an enquiry form
  • calling the Citizenship Information Line on 131 880.

Communicating electronically about your citizenship application

We might need to convey sensitive information about your application to you. Electronic communication, unless adequately encrypted, is not secure and could be viewed by others or interfered with. The Australian Government accepts no responsibility for the security or integrity of any information sent to the department over the internet or by other electronic means.