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Citizenship processing times

Circumstances that affect processing times

We assess applications on a case-by-case basis, and actual processing times can vary due to individual circumstances including:

  • whether you have lodged a complete application, including all necessary supporting documents
  • how promptly you respond to any requests for additional information
  • how long it takes to perform required checks on the supporting information provided
  • how long it takes to receive additional information from external agencies, particularly in relation to character, and national security requirements
  • for citizenship applications, the time taken to attend a Citizenship Ceremony or receive a Citizenship Certificate.
Australian Citizenship application type75% of applications processed in90% of applications processed in
​​Conferral - lodgement to decision*​14 months​19 months
​Conferral - approval to ceremony**​5 months
​6 months
Conferral - lodgement to ceremony**18 months23 months
Descent (lodgement to decision) 54 days84 days
Evidence (lodgement to decision)5 days10 days

Last updated: 23 May 2019 (for month ending 30 April 2019)

*'Decision' includes approved, refused and invalidated decision outcomes.

**Most, but not all applicants for Australian citizenship by conferral acquire citizenship at a citizenship ceremony. For Descent and Evidence applications, allow an additional 10 days for printing and postage of your certificate. If you applied from outside Australia, postage will take longer.