Australian Embassy

Citizenship by Descent

Citizenship by Descent – Applications processed in Beirut

Applications for citizenship by descent for residents of Lebanon and Cyprus are processed at the Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australian Embassy Beirut, Lebanon. A person born outside Australia who is the child of an Australian citizen parent may acquire Australian citizenship by descent. A person becomes a citizen on the date he/she is registered as a citizen by the Department of Immigration and Border Protection. A child born overseas can be registered as an Australian citizen by descent if at least one of the parents is an Australian citizen at the time of the child’s birth.

A parent can apply for registration of Australian citizenship by descent on behalf of the child before the child reaches 16 years of age.

For detailed information on Australian citizenship by descent, including eligibility please visit:

How to apply
  1. Download the Citizenship by Descent checklist to help you prepare all the documents you need for the application (CBD Checklist)
  2. You can apply and pay for this visa online using ImmiAccount and attach all of your supporting documents.
  3. Once a decision is made you will be notified of the decision by email provided in your application and you will be given an appointment to collect the Citizenship by Descent Certificate from the Embassy. 
Processing time

The time taken for applications to be assessed fluctuates based on the number of applications received at any one time by the department.

For current processing times please visit:  Processing Times