As per Alan Tudge, the acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, “The Government will hold online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the coronavirus crisis.”
The statement was issued in a Media Release dated April 6.
As per the “Statement on Australian citizenship processing”, this was being done in view of the current health advisory for COVID-19. The ongoing situation had made it not possible to hold traditional, in-person citizenship ceremonies.
The Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs has begun holding trial 1-on-1 ceremonies online. The trials had been held for those that had already been approved for Australian citizenship.
The Australian government will be working with individuals that are in an urgent need or cannot access the internet. The government will make sure that their Australian citizenship ceremony could “occur safely in line with health advice”.
The online Australian citizenship processing will be completed soon. 750 individuals are expected to have their citizenship conferred in a day.
Citizenship interviews and testing have been put on hold during this period. Applications for Australian citizenship continue to be accepted.
In 2019-20, over 157,000 had been conferred with the citizenship of Australia. This number is a 70% increase as compared to the same period in 2018-19.
Currently, around 85,000 people are awaiting their Australian citizenship ceremony.
Those scheduled to attend either a citizenship ceremony or appointment over the coming months will be contacted by the Australian government. Alternative arrangements will be made for all such individuals.
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