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What is the difference between permanent residency and citizenship in Australia?

Discussion in 'Australia' started by planetX, Sep 29, 2015.

  1. planetX

    planetX Member

    I know that the rules are somewhat strict for a permanent resident than a citizen of Australia. In the case of a permanent resident he need to ensure permanent visa and a valid travel authority to re-enter Australia as a permanent resident. But a citizen has automatic right to enter Australia. And quite obviously, citizen can vote in a Government election, but a permanent resident cannot.

    Can you point out any other major differences?
  2. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    Your OP as pretty much summed up the main differences between the two. There are people that can also attain dual citizenship but that's becoming harder and harder to apply for.

    All that means is that you stay a citizen of your own country, and still have the legal rights your entitled to now, but you are also a citizen of another country also, and are free to come and go as you please in that country aswell
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  3. vinaya

    vinaya Member

    Permanent residency means you are a tax payer (thus you have rights to work as much as you can) and you also have voting rights (your existence is accepted by the country law). In order to have permanent residency status in Australia , you don't have to abandon your country's citizenship. However, in order to have citizenship of Australia, you will have to give up your citizenship in your home country. Citizenship in Australia means you are the true citizen of Australia.
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  4. planetX

    planetX Member

    I have never heard of this dual citizenship. That means you can be a citizen of two nations at the same time, right? Yes, then that might be difficult to attain. Australia has been a dream place for many for education, tourism and work. I have seen too many Asians opting this country as their first preference.
  5. pwarbi

    pwarbi Member

    Dual citizenship is hard to get and you have to apply and be accepted. To be accepted you have to have special circumstances, for example the easiest person I can think of is the boxer paulie malignaggi. He's a US citizen but all his family are Italian. He was conceived in Italy but the family moved over to the US and he was born there.

    He had to apply to be an Italian citizen and because of his unique circumstances, got accepted so he's now got dual citizenship, US and Italy.
  6. Coco

    Coco Active Member

    Okay... Here's how we can differentiate the two. First let's start with a temporary visa and a permanent visa. A temporary visa allows you to live in Australia for a limited or restricted amount of time. A permanent visa allows you to live in Australia for up to five years.

    You can apply for a permanent residence only if you are granted for a permanent visa. Once you're granted with a permanent residency, you can stay in Australia forever and there isn't anyone going to stop you. But remember, once your permanent visa expires, you would need to reapply for it. When that visa ends, you can get a Resident Return Visa, leave the country and return to it.

    Citizenship is something that can be obtained by people who already has permanent residency. But it's not mandatory to get it, you can remain a permanent resident and not be a citizen, that's okay. But you can also become a citizen once you have obtained all necessary requirements. When you become a citizen, your visa and residency ceases to exist, meaning there will be no more expiry dates to them.

    Permanent residents are:
    • Required to stay most of the time in Australia. So out of the five year permanent visa years, you need to stay in Australia for at least three years.
    • Not eligible for certain government or security occupations.
    • Not able to vote.
    • Eligible for deportation.
    • Not eligible for some loans and funds.
    And of course, citizens are of the opposite of these cases.