This information is for you if you were, or if your child was, adopted outside Australia by an Australian citizen and the adoption was completed outside Australia in accordance with:
the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption, or
a bilateral arrangement between Australia and another country.
Read about options if the adoption was completed in Australia or outside Australia under other arrangements.
Eligibility - the adoption was completed outside Australia in accordance with the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption or a bilateral arrangement between Australia and another country.
Documents - get documents about the child’s identity and adoption, including an Adoption Compliance Certificate and the adoptive parent’s Australian citizenship.
Apply - pay the fee and send the application for Australian citizenship with certified copies of all of the required documents.
The fee for this application is AUD 230. Applications for the second and each subsequent sibling applying at the same time are AUD 95.
An adopted person might be eligible for Australian citizenship if:
they were adopted by an Australian citizen under the full Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption in a Convention country, or a bilateral arrangement in a prescribed overseas jurisdiction
they have an Adoption Compliance Certificate issued for their adoption
the adoption is recognised and effective for the laws of the Commonwealth and each state and territory.
Applicants who are 18 years of age and over must be of good character.
Applications for children under 16 years of age must be made on their behalf by their responsible parent.
Migration to Australia. If you live overseas and you'd like the opportunity to live in Australia please discuss.
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