Unlawful resident with belief of having citizenship Download Chinese Version
December 10, 2013 – Unreported Case
The applicant was born in Australia in 1989 and had the belief that at birth, citizenship was automatically granted. Towards the end of high school, the applicant realised there was no citizenship granted and thus had been an unlawful resident. ISL believed the applicant to be an Australian citizen by right because the Citizenship Act 2007 dictated any children born in Australia from the 20th August 1986 who did not acquire Australian citizenship at birth automatically became citizens if they had been residents for ten years since birth.
The applicant was granted an Australian citizenship in September 2013.