To apply for Australian citizenship as a permanent resident, you must:

  • have been living in Australia on a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying (which must include the last 12 months as a permanent resident), and
  • not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total, in the 4 year period, including no more than 90 days in the year before applying, and
  • satisfy certain policy criteria (eg have an acceptable police record).