Hundreds have signed a petition calling on the government to restart tests and interviews for Australian citizenship.
Australian citizenship tests and interviews were put on hold due to COVID-19 outbreak while citizenship ceremonies were moved online.
With most states easing restrictions and resuming business activities, those awaiting citizenship have signed a petition demanding tests and interviews be resumed.
126,294 Australian permanent residents are in the queue for citizenship.
“Many people on Permanent Residency visa, who are eligible for citizenship, have lost their jobs in this difficult time. While it is not very urgent or essential service, had they received citizenship, they would have applied to Government jobs or went back to college with HECS and come out equipped with better skills to help the economy,” the change.org petition reads.
“Most of the states now have allowed moderate gatherings in line with medical officer’s advice. Given that majority of states, barring Victoria has resumed near-normal life, resumption of test/interview will be a great relief to all the pending candidates.”
Now over 700 people have signed the petition.