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Category: Citizenship Information

Citizenship approval in just 5 months? Is that possible?

Citizenship be conferral approved just 5 months after applying? Fact or fiction? – FACT I’m pleased to say (in some cases). Considering the Department of Home Affairs is currently quoting around 18 months from lodgement of a Citizenship application to decision, you would be forgiven for thinking this is pure fiction. However, one of the …

Update: Citizenship ceremonies commence online

UPDATE ON CITIZENSHIP CEREMONIES: The government have started to conduct web-based conferral ceremonies and so far 170 people have taken the declaration online. Congratulations to those lucky people. It is suggested that soon over 750 people a day will be able to take the pledge online, so with some basic calculations and using the fact …

Good news for those awaiting their Australian citizenship ceremony

If you are one of the 85,000 people who have passed the Australian citizenship test and are just waiting to take the oath of allegiance – good news! The government have confirmed that ceremonies will take place online during the coronavirus outbreak. Australian citizenship ceremonies will be conducted online via video secure video link, with …

‘Endless wait’ for Australian citizenship despite significant increase in approvals

Australian citizenship approvals rose by 80 per cent with 145,000 applications approved in 2018-19, recovering from a 15-year low the previous year when they fell below 81,000 – a level not seen since 2003.  The Department of Home Affairs processed over 160,000 citizenship applications in 2018-19, approving over 145,000. Immigration and Citizenship Minister David Coleman …

Refugee footballer now officially an Australian Citizen

Refugee footballer Hakeem Al-Araibi has become an Australian citizen after a ceremony in Melbourne. The Bahrain-born player took the oath at Melbourne’s Federation Square on Tuesday along with 200 others from 44 different countries. After enduring months of peril, Hakeem al-Araibi says he finally feels safe.  “I am very happy to get citizen. Finally no …

Even billionaires can get their permanent residency cancelled

This article from the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday should be a stark warning for anyone trying to cheat the system. https://www.smh.com.au/politics/federal/a-man-of-many-dimensions-the-big-chinese-donor-now-in-canberra-s-sights-20190206-p50vzt.html If you have had any illegal dealings in your past or have had any criminal convictions that you have failed to advise the department of when submitting your visa application there is a very …

Potential good news for those seeking citizenship

For everyone who is hoping to apply for Australian Citizenship now or in the near future, there could be some good news on the horizon, with the processing times decreasing.  However, it must be stressed that if you in any way fail to include in your application something that later proves important (i.e a conviction …