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Citizenship by Descent (CBD)

Overview

A person born outside Australia who is the child of an Australian citizen parent may acquire Australian citizenship by descent.

For detailed information on Australian citizenship by descent, including eligibility and document requirements, please refer to: http://www.citizenship.gov.au/applying/how_to_apply/descent/

Note: With effect from Monday 26 May 2014, all Australian citizenship by descent applications must be submitted to the Australian Visa Application Centre, located at Suite 19.06,19th Floor, Wisma MCA, 163 Jalan Ampang, 50450 Kuala Lumpur, and can no longer be lodged directly in person to the Australian High Commission in Kuala Lumpur.

Applications for Australian citizenship by descent can be lodged in person or by post/courier to the AVAC.  If lodged in person, it is preferred that you make an appointment to do so, in order to minimise your waiting time, by using our online appointment system, by emailing us at info.aumy@vfshelpline.com, or by calling us on 03 2166 6550.

Note: If you are already an Australian citizen, you should be travelling in and out of Australia on an Australian passport, as there is no authority under the Australian Migration Act to grant a visa to an Australian citizen.  However, in limited circumstances an Australian Declaratory Visa (ADV), which is an administrative document that resembles a visa, can be issued to Australian citizens who hold a foreign passport.

For more information on ADVs, see: http://www.border.gov.au/EnteringorleavingAustralia/Pages/Return-documents.aspx

Visa Fees

Visa Category Currency Base Visa Application Charge Additional Applicant Charge over 18 Additional Applicant Charge under 18
Citizenship by Descent – 1st Applicant (subclass S16) AUD

MYR
230

788
N/A N/A
Citizenship by Descent – 2nd Applicant (subclass S16) AUD

MYR
95

326
N/A N/A

Visa Application Charge (VAC)

Please check the Visa Pricing Table to work out the price for your visa.

VFS Service Fee

A VFS Service Fee is payable in addition to the VAC for all visa applications lodged and biometrics collected at the AVAC.

Payment of the service fee at VFS is payable by cash only. For mailed in applications, payment of the service fee can be made by Bank draft payable to VFS (M) Sdn. Bhd.

Kindly refer to the table below. All fees shown are in Malaysian ringgit.

PRIMARY CLIENT FEE SERVICE FEE
Application lodgement and biometric collection – Primary applicant MYR 131
Resident Return visa applications - no biometrics required
SECONDARY CLIENT FEE SERVICE FEE
Application lodgement and biometric collection – Secondary applicant MYR 92
Citizenship by Descent and Australian Declaratory Visa applications – no biometrics required
Additional document submission – if not accompanied by a letter from the Visa Office
BIOMETRIC COLLECTION (ONLY) FEE SERVICE FEE
Biometric collection only MYR 124

Documents Required

Australian Citizenship by Descent

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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).

 

Global processing times

For the current average processing time of visa application kindly click here.

Download Form

Application for Australian Citizenship by Descent:

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To Download a Form:

  1. Click on the form link
  2. When the form opens, save the form on your computer.

OR

  1. Press the right button on your mouse on the required link.
  2. Select Save Target As from the list
  3. Save the form on your computer.