Form 1195 Identity Declaration

Form 1195 Identity Declaration, required for Australian citizenship, must be completed and submitted to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection.
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What is a Form 1195 Identity Declaration?

The form is required for citizenship or evidence of citizenship in Australia.

Form 1195 Identity Declaration Eligibility Support

The 1195 Identity Declaration Form must be completed and provided to the Department of Home Affairs in the following cases:
  • If citizenship is applied for online, or evidence of citizenship is required, a separate Identity Form 1195 must be completed for the applicant and each person included in the online application.
  • If applying for citizenship on a paper form and there are more children than the space available on the application form, a separate Identity Form 1195 must be completed for each additional child.
  • If an application for Australian citizenship or evidence of citizenship cannot be approved because the applicant's identity cannot be verified.
Note: Applicants are advised to read the 1195 Identity Declaration Form carefully before completing it. After the form is completed, a copy should be kept for records.

Who can Complete the Identity Declaration

Questions 1 and 4 in the form must be completed by the applicant applying for citizenship or evidence of citizenship. Questions 2 and 3 of the form must be filled out, and the photograph endorsed and signed by a person who:
  • Is an Australian citizen and has known the applicant for at least one year.
  • Is currently working in a profession listed on pages 1 and 2, and is not related to the applicant by birth, marriage, or de facto relationship.

Department of Home Affairs Service Contact

The Department of Home Affairs can be contacted for queries regarding Form 1195 using the following details:
Citizenship Information Line: Call 131 880 within Australia to speak to an operator. For those outside Australia, please contact the nearest Home Affairs office overseas.
  • Australian Capital Territory: GPO Box 9984, SYDNEY NSW 2001
  • New South Wales: GPO Box 9984, SYDNEY NSW 2001
  • Northern Territory: GPO Box 2399, ADELAIDE SA 5001
  • Queensland: Queensland State Office, GPO Box 9984, BRISBANE QLD 4001
  • Cairns Office: PO Box 1269, CAIRNS QLD 4870
  • South Australia: GPO Box 2399, ADELAIDE SA 5001
  • Tasmania: GPO Box 794, HOBART TAS 7001
  • Victoria: GPO Box 241, MELBOURNE VIC 3001
  • Western Australia: Locked Bag 7, NORTHBRIDGE WA 6865

Form 1195 Identity Declaration for Newborn - Complete Support

Applying for Australian citizenship for newborns overseas is a relatively straightforward process available to any child of a current Australian citizen. The process involves some fees. Babies born overseas are likely eligible for citizenship by descent if born on or after 26 January 1949 or if either parent was an Australian citizen when the child was born. The important steps and documents needed are detailed below.

Identity Documents for Newborn Babies

The required identity documents for children applying for a citizenship certificate are as follows:
  • Full birth certificate: Including the parents’ names.
  • Passport or travel document: And proof of change of name, if available.
  • Passport-sized photograph: One required.
  • Identity declaration form: Must be signed by an Australian citizen with the correct authority.
  • Submission: Submit the citizenship application online via ImmiAccount or apply online.
Note: For children under the age of 6, the authorized person must have known the children for less than one year. If applying from overseas and not knowing any Australian citizens who meet the criteria, the declaration can be completed by a non-Australian citizen.

Process Time

The Department takes approximately 7 to 20 days to process the application for a citizenship certificate. Once processed, the certificate will be printed and mailed to the applicant. It can take up to 10 days for the citizenship certificate to arrive via post.

Form 1195 Identity Declaration Documents Assistance

Administrators at Services Australia are authorized to collect and access identifying information. The important documents are as follows:
  • Photograph and signature: To be used along with personal and identifying information provided to Services Australia by the Department to verify the applicant's identity and eligibility for the citizenship test.
  • Important documents: Full birth certificate showing the parent's details, passport or travel document, evidence of change of name if needed, a passport-sized photograph, and identity declaration signed by an Australian citizen with the right authority.

Australian citizenship by descent Assistance

Australian citizenship by descent means the parent was an Australian citizen when the child was born overseas. The eligibility for Australian citizenship by descent is as follows
  • Born outside Australia and one or both of the parents at the time of the birth is an Australian citizen. Born outside Australia on or after 26 January 1949
  • Must have good character if the applicant is 18 years old or over while applying for citizenship and uphold as well as obey all the laws of Australia

Identity Documents for 16 or Older

Australian home affairs need identity documents from birth to the present mentioned below
  • Birth name, date of birth as well as gender
  • Photograph, signature and current residential address
  • Department also needs official evidence of any change of name if any
  • If home affairs department is not satisfied with the identity then the application can't be

Identity Documents If 15 Years or Younger

If the applicant is of 15 years of age or below the document needed for citizenship by descent are as follows
  • Birth name, date of birth and gender
  • Photograph and current name if available
  • Department also needs proof of any change of name with a complete identity declaration
The criteria for a passport-sized photograph for the application are as follows
  • Passport-sized photograph must be less than 6 months old
  • Good quality color
  • The photograph must have a full-face view of the head and shoulders
  • The background must be plain and light colored
  • The applicant can wear untainted prescription glasses or show only the face if the applicant wears a head covering for religious reasons. Laser copies of photographs are not accepted

Apply for Citizenship

The application for citizenship can be easily submitted online . After the submission Wait for the decision if the department needs anything else from the applicant department will contact through email only if the applicant has given permission to contact this way regularly check the inbox and junk mail. The point is that if the applicant becomes a citizen by descent, they don't need to make the citizenship pledge or attend a ceremony.

Application for Citizenship by Descent is Not Accepted If

  • Any recorded criminal convictions is against applicant
  • Obligations to a court in Australia or overseas
  • Association with people of concern and incidents reported of domestic violence

How to Fill Form 1195 Identity Declaration

The applicant can easily fill form 1195 identity declaration . The applicant just needs to fill out the details like a family name, address, DOB, postal address, and telephone number. The important point is that the applicant aged 16 or above has to give declaration.

Form 1195 Photo Scan Support

If the applicant has a paper-based photograph of any dimension applicant can easily scan the photo with help of a smartphone app and then scale the requirements. If applying online for citizenship or for evidence of citizenship the front, as well as the back of the endorsed photograph, should also be scanned in color and then attached with the online application.
If applying for citizenship on a paper form submit the form with the paper form. Place the endorsed photograph in a plastic sleeve or envelope and staple it to the form. The size of the photo is 2 x 2 inches (51 x 51 mm).

Is Form 1195 Mandatory

A Form 1195 Identity declaration is mandatory to have for citizenship and must be completed as well as attached for citizenship applications including children. The form 1195 and photographs have to be scanned and attached to the application separately

Form 1195 identity declaration who can sign

The identity declaration is to be signed by the applicant applying for citizenship or evidence of citizenship. However, if the applicant is below 16, a responsible parent declaration is required. The responsible parent must complete the declaration as specified in Form 1195. Another declaration must be made by the individual making the identity declaration, not the applicant.

How Long Does It Take to Get Australian Citizenship

  • For Australian citizenship by descent, 90% of applications are processed within 4 months.
  • For evidence of Australian citizenship, applications are processed within 30 days.
  • For Australian citizenship by conferral, 90% of applications are processed within 18 months of application.

Can I Apply for Australian Citizenship After 3 Years?

To be eligible to apply for Australian citizenship, the applicant must have been an Australian permanent resident for at least 1 year and have lived in Australia for at least 9 out of 12 months before submitting the application. Additionally, the applicant must have been lawfully resident in Australia for a minimum of 4 years before applying.

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