Citizenship

Citizenship ceremonies are conducted throughout the year by Council. They fulfil requirements under Australian law and provide an opportunity to officially welcome new citizens as full members of the Australian community. 
 
To become an Australian Citizen, residents need to apply with the Department of Immigration & Border Protection. The office is located at 70 Franklin Street, Adelaide, otherwise you can phone 131 880 or visit their website www.citizenship.gov.au.
 
After the paperwork has been lodged with the Department, an interview and security checks are conducted.  Once the Department requirements are met (usually within 3 - 6 months), the Department sends a letter to the candidate/s conferring citizenship on attendance of a ceremony held by your local Council.  Council will send a letter to advise the candidate/s of the ceremony details prior to the event.
 
Urgent/Special Ceremonies  
 
Council is able to conduct individual/urgent ceremonies on request.  Prior to requesting an urgent ceremony, the candidate/s must have received a letter from the Department conferring citizenship. To request an urgent ceremony please contact the Council office on 8862 0800.
 
General Ceremonies for 2016
 
Citizenship ceremonies will typically commence prior to a Council meeting, and will be held in the Phil Barry Chamber of Wakefield Regional Council, at Scotland Place, Balaklava. 
By the end of the citizenship ceremony, the candidate/s will have received their official Australian Citizenship Certificate and paperwork to enrol with the Australian Electoral Commission for voting rights.
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Balaklava SA 5461