Generally, your citizenship ceremony will be scheduled within six months from the time your application is approved, although waiting times can vary. You will receive a letter of invitation from the City of Gosnells or the Department of Home Affairs (The Department).
The City of Gosnells holds regular citizenship ceremonies on behalf of The Department. The Department issues a monthly list of conferees, on an as approved basis, to be allocated to the next available ceremony. The Department determines which conferees are allocated to each of the City of Gosnells Ceremonies.
Once the City receives the list of conferees from the Department, an invitation letter will be sent approximately 5 weeks prior, via post or email.
Once you receive a letter of invitation from the City of Gosnells, you must notify us if you are unable to attend. From here, you will be invited to a subsequent ceremony. You are not required to RSVP, if you are able to attend your ceremony.
Upon arrival to your ceremony, you are required to provide your invitation letter and photographic identification (e.g. driver’s license or passport).
You may also bring a holy book or scripture of choice if taking the Oath pledge (referring to God).
Due to capacity restrictions at the venue and the number of candidates receiving citizenship per ceremony, only one guest per individual is permitted.
The Citizenship Ceremony takes approximately an hour, followed by light refreshments.
Children 16 years and over are required to attend the ceremony and take the pledge in order to become an Australian citizen. Children under the age of 16 are not required to take the pledge and due to current capacity restrictions, are unable to attend a citizenship ceremony. Their certificate will be included with a parent.
The City can assist those residents who have received an invitation from the City of Gosnells, for an upcoming ceremony. Any questions regarding citizenship applications, ceremony dates, urgent citizenship ceremonies or lost certificates should be directed to the Department of Home Affairs on 131 880 or firstname.lastname@example.org
More information on becoming an Australian citizen can be found at: www.citizenship.gov.au
Passport queries are dealt with by Passports Australia at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade - telephone 131 232. Passport application forms can be downloaded from www.passports.gov.au