Here's Why Steve Wozniak Isn't An Australian Citizen Yet

A while ago we heard that Apple co-founder and all-round nice guy, Steve Wozniak, was planning on moving to Australia and going the full nine yards by becoming a citizen of this fine nation. Months later, however, and the Woz is still in the US. What gives?

We had a chat to Woz earlier this week, and he explained to us why he doesn't call Australia home just yet:

It is a high priority this month for me to finish some medical and police reports for my residency application.
Once I have a residency permit I might get a place to live but I plan a few years before living in Australia full time. That is because my current occupation as a world speaker requires too many air flights constantly.
Once I'm living in Australia full time (or a major amount of it) I can work toward citizenship.
It's not something you get without qualifying and working for. At least not in my case.

So Woz is coming, he just needs to finish some paperwork and have a little more time to himself to get here.

Interestingly, Woz is currently selling his Los Gatos, California home. We're not sure if this has anything to do with his moving plans, but we suspect not, seeing as how it has been on the market before.

We all still want Woz as our next door neighbour, that's for sure.


    As long as immigration force him to remove the t-shirt of himself then he's allowed.

    People who want to become Australian citizens have to have permanent residency here for 5 years before they can qualify to apply for citizenship. It used to be 3 years but little Johnny Howard, believing that everyone on earth wants to come here, extended the period; pointlessly in my view.

      Actually it wasn't all pointless. Prior to the switch the 3 years residency had to be after you got your permanent residency. Once they did the "5 years" residency, your prior years living in Australia counted towards your residency period and you only needed (from memory) 1 year of further residency after having gotten your permanency.

      I had lived in Australia for 10 years before I got my permanent residency. If I'd gone with the prior laws I would have needed to wait a lot longer before getting my citizenship.

        Thanks to those, with actual experience, who clarified the situation.

        Regarding dual citizenship, I think it is a nonsense because no-one can with an absolutely clear conscience declare their faithful support to two countries at the same time. I don't criticise people who have dual citizenship however because it is accepted by many countries and individuals take it up for their own reasons, not for reasons defined by governments.

          In all honesty when I took my Australian citizenship I was fully prepared to renounce my US citizenship but then the USA allowed for dual citizens, and it's easier for me to enter the USA on my American passport.

          If somebody told me tomorrow I had to pick one, I know where my allegiances lie.

          Better lay off the patriot pills for awhile John Wayne.

          I have one because it is easier for me to travel.

          Love it.

      Actually it used to be 2 years... I've been here for over 20 year still on PR as my country of origin didn't allow me dual citizenship... and I wanted to keep my access all areas passport to Europe... thankfully now Germany has relaxed the policy and I'll be becoming dinkie di pretty soon :)

      Its easy to get full citizenship in two years if you play the game correctly.

      PS Woz, you won't get citizenship, sorry mate, you're now to old to be considered. There is a limit on becoming a citizen. I believe it is around the 45-48 yr mark. I've known several people who were fighting their application rejections based on age. I believe it has to do with being able to put enough into money the pension schemes, Super, etc before you retire so that you and you're kind aren't a burden on the tax payers in future (and rightfully so)

        Rubbish. There is no age limit on applying for Australian citizenship. The only age restrictions are that you must be alive at the time of application and grant (ie: you must have already been born, and can't be dead). All the other requirements are based on your period of residency and your Citizenship test.

        You do get fewer points based on your age for a visa application if you apply for one of the points tested visa categories for permanent residence, but there are several other visa types he could apply for including Business Innovation and Investment visas.

          um... no

          Sorry Critterseyes, you're wrong.

          I have personal experience with a co-worker who was denied citizenship to Australia as he was 56 and had only been in Aus for 3 years with PResidency.

          He was working at one of the elite fed government branches and was pressing the executive of that branch to assist (which I think failed in the end and he ended up going back o/seas)

            That's the opposite of "personal experience"

            or he can pay $5 mil for a PR instantly no questions asked.

            Show me where it makes a reference to age, other than that kids generally have to be on their parents application, and that persons 60 and over need to show they understand the nature of their application -

            You are confusing getting permanent residency for a skilled person, which often has age limits, and citizenship, which has no age limits.

            Permanent Residents can stay permanently, but have to maintain ties with Australia to be able to continue to return if they depart overseas. They also can't vote (generally). Citizens can leave Australia for 30 years, apply for a new passport, and come back at any time.

            If your coworker had permanent residency, he could have stayed indefinitely. He could even have left Australia, applied for a Resident Return Visa (easy if he had been here three years) and come back up to 5 years down the track, stayed here for several more years, or even retired here.

            Most likely he was on a long stay visa that allowed him to work (something like a long stay business visa or a provisional skilled visa), but he didn't have Permanent residency. Otherwise he could have stayed (Hint: That's why it is called permanent residency).

            You're wrong, Bill_Gates. There are a number of different visa categories, so you need to look at the requirements for each one. Steve Wozniak would obviously apply under a business or investor category, and there are no age limits.

        Your information is wrong. My parents got their citizenship a couple of years ago. This year my dad turned 66 and my mum is a couple of years younger. Having said that, we have been here for 25 years. But we also know a heap of people socially and at work who are 60+ years old who have recently immigrated and have citizenship.

          yes, because 'you've' been here for 25 yrs, if you had all arrived together your elderly parents would have been sent back

      even easier for woz, you now only need to invest about 5 or so million dollars in an australian registered business and you get PR
      its targetted towards billionaire chinese and their laundered money of course but im sure woz can fit that bill if he wanted to, lets hope he kept his apple shares

      Just a correction.

      In the past to apply for citizenship, you must have had stayed in Australia for 2 years with a PR, and must have spent 12 months of the last 18 months in Australia. Currently, you must have stayed in Australia legally for 4 years, must have had a PR for the last year, and must have spent 9 months out of the last 12 months in Australia.

      Word of caution: do not take my words. Do your own research.

    The house does not belong to him, the article says he sold it years ago, even the headlines says it is his old house. Do you guys ever check before you write?

    well, im trying to immigrate to australia too. my girlfriend is from adelaide and the australian government makes it a pain in the ass to live together...

      Maybe if you marry her they'll make it easier.

    We all still want Woz as our next door neighbour, that’s for sure.

    If it means he gets asked for his nonsensical fucking opinion about how Apple is run every week by Ben Grubb, I'd rather he stays in CA.

      Couldn't agree more ! He deliberately trashes Apple at every opportunity to get attention. World speaker ? What does he have to say?

        Yeah. What could he possibly have to speak about? I wonder...

      This. I'm really sick of hearing about Woz now. He really has nothing to contribute other than what devices he uses, what things he would like to see etc. it's all getting boring. I don't see why his opinion matters as well :\

    5 years and i'm still waiting for my PR.

    It gets hard when they keep sending you back to Tassie.

      .. Who keeps sending you back to tassie? :| The government can't mandate where you live..

      LoL. Mate, you need to remove the nub that keeps regrowing on your neck. That way you can assimilate easier and they won't be able to pick you out of a crowd ;)

    He heard that Tony Abbott will be PM and decided the Republicans and Tea Party weren't so bad after all. He aint budgin'

      You're significantly misinformed and completely misguided if you truly believe that an Abbott-led Coalition government is anywhere near as bad as a Republican/Tea Party US administration.

        It's darn close, if not as bad. Abbott still hasnt put any policy on the table, except for misogyny and outdated thinking.

          Where, exactly, has he displayed any misogynistic tendencies?

    Obtaining citizenship requires spending 24 months in Australia after receiving permanent residency. That's what he was alluding to when he said he currently travels too much to meet the requirements for Australian citizenship.

    It's interesting that Steve Wozniak (met him in NZ years ago), can become a citizen from the US. Even New Zealanders can't do that. We have to follow the same process as everyone else, but even that is difficult for us. I think though there is a special clause in the residency/citizenship application process that says if you have special talents (recognised worldwide), you can gain entry under that condition. Certainly in the US they have such a clause, and I think its reciprocated.
    I have a friend from China, who applied for direct Citizenship, and was granted, before even setting foot in Australia, so the process is possible.
    It would be awesome for Australia to have Steve here.

    If Steve wants to become an Australian citizen he must give up his membership with the Freemasons.

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