Citizenship Ceremonies

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Citizenship Ceremony Dates

  1. Citizenship Ceremony - Wednesday 17 May 2017 - Commences at 3pm for 3.30pm with refreshments in the Cummings Room
  2. Citizenship Ceremony - Wednesday 6 September 2017 - Commences at 3pm for 3.30pm with refreshments in the Cummings Room.

The Path to Citizenship

Before you can become an Australian citizen you need to first contact the  Australian Government Department of Immigration and Border Protection to find out if you meet the criteria.
If you are eligible, you'll be asked to complete an application form, pay a fee and attend a short interview. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection will notify you (in writing) if your application is successful and contact you again to advise the date, time and location of your citizenship ceremony.

If you are a resident of The City of Newcastle, your ceremony will take place at the historic Newcastle City Hall.

When are the citizenship ceremonies held?

Council holds a ceremony each year on Australia Day and another two ceremonies are held throughout the year (usually May and August) in Newcastle City Hall. One-off private ceremonies are possible, please contact the Department of Immigration a Border Protection on 131 880 to obtain a form. Complete and return the form to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection who will confirm if your request is approved

Can I bring my family and friends to the ceremony?

Yes. You can bring family and/or friends. Numbers are limited to two guests per person, due to the space available.

Am I scheduled for the next ceremony?

Approximately one month prior to the ceremony you will receive an invitation from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. Council is not responsible and plays no part in scheduling conferees for ceremonies.

Can I attend a Private Citizenship ceremony?

One off private ceremonies are possible, you should contact the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection to obtain a form. Complete and return the form to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection who will confirm if your request is approved.

Can I be provided with a list of conferees attending a Citizenship ceremony?

No, under privacy laws this information cannot be provided.

How can I become an Australian Citizen?

You need to make an application to become an Australian Citizen. The  Department of Immigration and Border Protection is responsible for Australian Citizenship and processes all applications.

How long does the citizenship process take?

Council is not involved in the processing of applications. If you have submitted an application and you would like to check on how it is proceeding, you should contact the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection or call 131 881. The Department will advise you in writing once your application has been approved, and forward your certificate to Council so that you can attend a citizenship ceremony.

Is there a fee involved to obtain Citizenship?

Yes. The fee is payable to the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection. To find out what the current fee is, you should contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 881.

Do I have to attend a citizenship ceremony to become a citizen?

Yes. All successful applicants for Australian citizenship must attend a ceremony and make their pledge to Australia. Your children can also attend the ceremony. If they are under 16 years of age and were included on your application form they will become citizens when you do. They will not have to make the Pledge but are welcome to do so. If they are aged 16 years of age or over they will need to make the pledge.

Where can I go to obtain more information on citizenship?

You can obtain more information regarding Citizenship from the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection or Phone 131 881.

Where can I get an Australian Citizenship Pack?

You can get the Australian Citizenship Forms from the  Department of Immigration and Border Protection. This includes eligibility criteria and information.

For further information, contact the Department of Immigration and Border Protection on 131 881 or visit   www.immi.gov.au