What does Australian Citizenship Mean to Newcomers?

When people enter Australia for the first time, they may be struck by any number of its outstanding features, from the interesting modern lines of its city skylines to the particular slang words and phrases enjoyed by the locals. Many people are positively impressed by the social and political environment of Australia, which has long been able to support one of the world’s most prominent and powerful countries. For some, Australia is marked by the opportunities it offers to those who seek out its shores, From a high standard of living to safe working conditions and beyond, Australia has proven itself to be attractive for many people from around the world. For these visitor, the concept of Australian citizenship may seem like a lofty goal, though with patience, perseverance, and the right tools, immigrants can take all the right steps towards becoming true Australian citizens, and towards seeing and appreciating the country in a whole new light.

The Australian citizenship application and the actual citizenship test sometimes represent great difficulty for newcomers; whether because they’ve had bad experiences with tests or paperwork in the past or because they have doubts about their ability to successfully complete everything that’s required, newcomers may be reluctant to take on the challenge and responsibility of the path towards citizenship. Thankfully, the Australian government has made it especially intuitive to work through these issues and achieve citizenship status. Special study materials, helpful programs, and other incentives are available to help immigrants navigate the citizenship process. Through working with the test booklet and enlisting the help of a test preparation service or group study offering, immigrants can dramatically increase their chances of earning citizenship on the first try, with a minimum of hassle.

Becoming an Australian citizen may at first be marked by these challenges, there are many benefits and privileges to enjoy once the process of applying is complete. One of the most substantial benefits is the ability to feel like a true Aussie, and to relate to others and to local and national issues with a sense of common experience. Of course, citizenship may merely be a practical necessity for some, and feelings of personal identity or pride in the country itself may be absent. But for a large number of immigrants who become Australian citizens, the process and its final result can yield a wealth of personal satisfaction. From being able to take part in special events such as voting to taking advantage of certain labor benefits, new citizens can expect to lead a more convenient and sensible life after they’ve completed the citizenship process. Beyond these basic benefits, however, the idea that one has become an Australian and can establish oneself as a part of the country’s history and meaning can be immensely beneficial, whether for the individual or for entire families. With the momentous step of citizenship accomplished, new Australians may find many new ways to appreciate, understand, and benefit from their status.

6 Comments

  • Arisa Mapel November 12, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Becoming an Australian is alway a good choice since it helps you get all the benefits that Australian have. Like social services and more. The truth is that Australia is a almost virgin country that still has a lot to give to new comers and to Australian residents. It is just impressive how many new opportunities there are for people here. And many of those opportunities open when you take the decision and become an Australian.
    Think that the citizenship test is just a small step towards lots of wonders.

  • Mayorie Grand November 14, 2010 at 11:43 am

    How hard is the citizenship test in the first place? Can you sit for it multiple times? do you get any penalty if you fail it?

  • Imaginary November 17, 2010 at 11:41 am

    I wonder when a new comer stops being anew comer. Lets say for example someone attending to the citizenship test. Is him or her a new comer? They spent 3 years in the country already or even more. They have a job, a house, a dog probably, friend….so is him/her new? I think not. There is a natural paste towards the citizenship application that allows an immigrant to feel part of the country even before thinking of applying for citizenship and that is how it is supposed to be, not differently.

  • Jose January 24, 2011 at 9:01 am

    Mayorie, it’s hard but if u study u’ll be just fine!

  • betty February 23, 2011 at 8:35 am

    the test is hard, but as the article says Australia puts everything people need to get well prepared to pass the citizenship test

  • fen xui February 28, 2011 at 9:50 am

    i have many friends that ended up going back to china because they went nuts trying to get all the paperwork needed for become citizens…specially when they found out there was a citizenship test at the end of the process

    fen xui

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