Why is it that where there is good news, it is often followed by the bad news? Sadly it seems this is true for all those in the queue waiting for Australian Citizenship approval.
The positive news however is that in 2019-20 to 15 May 2020, 170,819 people have been conferred Australian citizenship. This is up 56 per cent on the same period last year.
More than 15,000 have received their Australian citizenship via online ceremonies during the COVID-19 pandemic but hundreds of thousands hoping to become citizens will have to wait almost two years as tests and interviews have been put on hold.
170,819 people have been conferred Australian citizenship in 2019-20, with 15,000 people having received citizenship online during the pandemic. Yet there is still 117,958 applicants in the queue for citizenship.
The latest processing times released by the Department of Home Affairs indicates the waiting period for Australian citizenship has shot up.
Compared to a waiting period of 16 months, from date of application to ceremony, in June 2019, the average waiting period for 75 per cent of applicants has shot up to 23 months from date of application to ceremony in April 2020.
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