Citizenship ceremonies via video link have been underway for several weeks now. They have replaced face-to-face citizenship ceremonies while lock down measures have been in place to combat the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Yet some permanent residents who received their citizenship approval letters late last year are still waiting for a citizenship ceremony appointment.
Usually permanent residents who have received their notice of approved for citizenship have up to 12 months to attend a ceremony to make the pledge of commitment. Given the onset of the corona virus pandemic, creating a backlog, citizenship approvals will not be cancelled if citizens-to-be cannot attend a ceremony.
Citizenship ceremonies are conducted by conferees from local authorities. But as lockdown measures gradually lift, we could soon be seeing a resumption of face to face ceremonies – while observing social distancing of 1.5 meters between individuals.
Meanwhile, the Department continues to accept new applications for Australian citizenship. Processing continues on all applications for Australian citizenship that have already been lodged with the Department. However, permanent residents who have applied for citizenship can expect delays in the processing of their application. COVID-19 physical isolating measures have meant face to face interviews have been put on hold.
The department says these will resume when it is safe to do so.
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