Losing your citizenship

If you are an Australian citizen, you will lose your Australian citizenship if:

  • You give up or renounce your Australian citizenship because you are:
    • A citizen of another country, or
    • Entitled to become a citizen of another country
  • You acquired the citizenship of another country before 4 April 2002
  • Your Australian citizenship was revoked
  • Your responsible parent or parents ceased to be Australian citizens when you were a child and the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection has revoked your citizenship

Giving up your Australian citizenship

You can give up your Australian citizenship if:

  • You are a citizen of another country, or
  • You become a citizen of another country when you renounce your Australian citizenship

See > Giving up Australian Citizenship

Revoking citizenship

 

The Minister for Immigration and Border Protection can take away or revoke your Australian citizenship for certain convictions or actions under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007, unless:

  • You are an Australian citizen by birth
  • You are conferred citizenship and the Minister is satisfied that it would not go against the public interest for you to remain an Australian citizen

When can citizenship be revoked?

Australian citizenship can be revoked if one of the following applies and the Minister is satisfied it would go against the public interest for you to remain an Australian citizen, such as on the following grounds:

  • You are convicted of making a false statement or false representation or producing a false document in relation to your application to become an Australian citizen
  • You are convicted of a serious criminal offence at any time before becoming a citizen involving a sentence of death or 12 months or more
  • You became an Australian citizen as a result of migration-related fraud
  • You became an Australian citizen as a result of third party fraud (for example, fraudulent conduct by a migration agent in the citizenship application).

What happens if my citizenship is revoked?

Under the Migration Act 1958, if you have your citizenship revoked while you are in the migration zone, you become the holder of an ex-citizen visa. You can remain in Australia as the holder of an ex-citizen visa, unless the Minister decides to cancel your visa under the Migration Act 1958 on the basis that you are no longer of good character.

If the Minister finds you are no longer of good character, they may cancel your ex-citizen visa and remove you from Australia.

If you leave Australia, you cannot re-enter on an ex-citizen visa.

Children

Children under 18 years of age may lose their Australian citizenship if their parent or guardian has their citizenship revoked.

A child will not lose their citizenship if they have another parent who is an Australian citizen, or if they would become stateless.