COVID-19 FULL UPDATE: Citizenship Ceremonies and Australian Citizenship Test

COVID-19 full update Australian Citizenship Test Citizenship Ceremonies
Since June, when the government started easing COVID-19 restrictions, citizenship ceremonies have recommenced online. Some conferees are able to attend an in-person ceremony. It is advised to wait to be contacted directly to attend an online or in-person ceremony. There is no need to contact [...]

Australian citizenship ceremonies will be held on Australia Day despite opposition

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There has been a growing movement over the years to change the highly contentious date of Australia Day. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders consider the date ‘Invasion Day’ as it marks the first-day British fleets arrived in Sydney Harbor and started colonizing Australia, resulting in fi [...]

Official Audit reveals an unprecedented spike in demand for Australian Citizenship

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After concerns raised by the commonwealth ombudsman and members of parliament about the duration of the citizenship application process, the government conducted an audit into Peter Dutton's Home Affairs department. The audit found that the impact of failed reforms, the increase in the number of [...]

Australian citizenship applications: expanding wait times and dramatically reduced number of approvals

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Lower number of Australian citizenships granted Only 54,419 Australian citizenship applications were approved during the first 8 months of the Department of Home Affairs’ fiscal year 2017-2018; compared to 139,750 in 2016-17. The lower numbers are due to the Department of Home Affairs’ freez [...]

New Australian citizenship requirements 2018: important updates

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On 20 April 2017, Malcolm Turnbull's government announced its will to strengthen the requirements for applying for Australian citizenship. The new proposed requirements would make Australian citizenship much harder to get. The new proposed requirements were presented to Parliament on 15 June 2017 [...]

Australian citizenship test: the government is planning to make this test much harder

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Immigration Minister Peter Dutton is planning to change the Australian citizenship test in order to block permanent residents who are extremists or dependent on welfare from becoming Australian citizens. The new, harder test will have questions asking whether the applicant has had a successful in [...]

Afghan refugees are suing government after passing the Australian citizenship test

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Two Afghan refugees, who have been given asylum in Australia, have filed a legal claim against the Australian government for the long delay in their Australian citizenship process after they passed their Australian citizenship test. The two men belong to the Hazara ethnic minority, which is being [...]

ISIS jihadists can now be stripped of their Australian citizenship

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Senators voted on a new law allowing the Australian government to strip anyone suspected of terrorist-related conduct of their Australian citizenship. This new law reflects Australia’s tough position on terrorism in response to the growing ISIS threat to the western world. Over the past year, [...]

Australian citizenship test can be taken outside capital cities

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Since August 2014, the department of immigration and human services have partnered to make it possible for people living in regional areas to take their Australian citizenship test at their local Centrelink or Medical Service Centres. People don't have to travel anymore to the nearest capital city, [...]

Australian Citizenship Test – Real tips from people who passed the test

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Preparing for the Australian Citizenship Test can seem very daunting to many people. If you are dreading the test, you are certainly not the only one. Many people experience anxiety before taking an exam. But the anxiety people feel about taking the citizenship test is a little higher than normal. A [...]

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