People who were wanting to become Australian citizens can currently make their pledge to the country at an in-person ceremony, after the covid-19 forced all services online.
Due to Covid-19 pandemic Lockdown in Australia, all citizenship ceremonies to be conducted online, but an Immigration council can now choose to operate the services face-to-face in person, online, or both.
“Australian gov is now continue citizenship interviews in the upcoming weeks so we can have applicants moving through all phases of becoming Australian citizens,” Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said.
He described online ceremonies would resume for councils unable to host real events in safety to ensure “as many applicants as possible” can resume to become Australian citizens.
“Department of Home Affairs will now carry on hosting online ceremonies for those who could not attend an in-person ceremony,” Mr Tudge said.
Approximately More than 25,000 people have attained citizenship examination via this process since the coronavirus restrictions came into impact, the majority from India, Pakistan, UK, and China.
immigration has conveyed concern that the processing times for Australian citizenship have moved out, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
More than 179,000 people have been granted Australian citizenship this financial year 2020-2021, up 56% on the same period last year.
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