Australian Citizenship has doubled in comparison with the last year as per the Department of Home Affairs. Meanwhile, the wait times have also decreased, added the DHA. The wait times have declined by 10% as per the latest statistics revealed by the Department.
The time period from filing to the conferral of citizenship has declined for 75% of the applications to 18 months from 20 months. However, it remains unaltered at 23 months for 90% of the applications.
DHA attributed the decline in wait times to several reforms executed for streamlining the process. It said that there is no greater privilege than Citizenship of Australia. We take our responsibility very seriously to effectively and efficiently process the applications lawfully, it added.
The number of individuals who were approved as Australian nationals during July 1, 2018, to April 30, 2019, is around twice the number approved in the same period in the previous year.
The Spokesperson of the DHA said that this is after a range of reforms seeking to streamline the processes were implemented. This is without compromising on the program integrity or national security added the Spokesperson.
The long queue if individuals waiting for the results for their citizenship application are still more than 200,000. This is notwithstanding the increase in the number of approvals and decline in wait times, as quoted by the SBS.
As of 26 May 2019, there were 221, 859 applications in the backlog as per the Department of Home Affairs. However, it added that the number of applications in the backlog has reduced significantly in comparison with 250,000 in the previous year.
Meanwhile, the population of Indians in Australia has increased by 30% within the last 2 years. They are now the 3rd largest immigrant group in the nation. The latest figures by the Australian Bureau of Statistics reveal that India ranks 3rd on the list of overseas-born residents after the UK and China.
The numbers of applications in the backlog waiting for a decision are likely to continue to decline said the DHA Spokesperson. This is due to the high-level focus on the program for Australian Citizenship, added the Spokesperson.
The numbers of Citizenship by conferral applications with the DHA are reducing and likely to further decline. This is as a result of the several initiatives by the DHA. The improvement has occurred even while the number of applications for Australian Citizenship increased by a record. The number of complex cases has also increased in the recent years, said the DHA.
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