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CITIZENSHIP BY DESCENT

Overview

You may be eligible to apply to become an Australian citizen by descent if:

  • you were born outside Australia, and
  • one of your parents was an Australian citizen at the time of your birth.

If your Australian citizen parent was a citizen by descent then that parent must have spent at least two years in Australia.

All applicants aged 18 years and over must be of good character.

Children

Applications for children under 16 years of age must be made by a parent or legal guardian.

Visa Fees

The Visa Fees and VFS Global Service Charges are applicable per application.

Visa Category Visa Fees (AUD) Visa Fees(INR)
Citizenship by descent 1st Sibling 230   12,200
Citizenship by descent 2nd Sibling 95  5100

*Fees updated effective from 1 July 2018 .

Please refer Visa Pricing Currency Table for more information.  The Visa Fees and VFS Global Service Charge are applicable per application.

Mode of Payment of Visa Fees:

  • Visa fee is payable by Credit/Debit Card or Cash or Demand Draft favouring “Australian High Commission, New Delhi”.
  • VFS will accept all Visa, Master and Maestro cards.
  • Applicants sending in their applications by post can pay the visa fee in the form of Demand draft favouring “Australian High Commission” payable at New Delhi.

VFS Global Service Charge

In addition to the Visa Fees, applicant is required to pay the VFS Global Service Charge (inclusive of all taxes), as listed below.

Secondary Client/Applicant Fee
Citizenship by Descent INR 874.00
Additional Document Submission – if not accompanied by a letter from the Visa Office INR 874.00

Additional Document Submission charge is applicable for passport / documents submitted after the lodgment of visa applications with VFS Global.

Mode of Payment of Visa Fees:

  • VFS Service fee is payable by Credit/Debit Card or Cash or Demand Draft favouring “VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd” payable at the city where the application is submitted.
  • VFS will accept all Visa, Master and Maestro cards.
  • For Postal Applications, the VFS Global Service Charge Demand Draft should be in favour of “VFS Global Services Pvt Ltd” payable at the city where the application is couriered.

See: Postal Application

Click here for more information on various other Additional Services offered by VFS Global.

Documents Required

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Photo Specifications

Two passport-sized photograph (please attach to the form). NB - ID photos that have been digitally enhanced or altered to improve or change appearance or remove distinguishing features are not acceptable. As the photos are required for identity purposes, if they do not represent your true appearance, your visa application may be delayed if you need to be asked to provide new photos. The photos should also meet normal passport size and pose (front on head and shoulders, no facial coverings or sunglasses).

photo specs

Processing Time

For the current average processing time of visa application at Australian High Commission New Delhi kindlyclick here.

Download Form

Form 118

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