COVID-19 Update #15
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For the past weeks, due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Department is undertaking virtual ceremonies through a video link to continue the enable conferees to become an Australian citizen. These virtual ceremonies will be an alternative to traditional face-to-face ceremonies until the social distancing restrictions necessitated by the COVID-pandemic ease.
Generally, conferees have 12 months from their notice of approval to attend a ceremony and make the pledge of commitment, however, during the COVID-19 period, citizenship approval will not be cancelled if a conferee cannot attend a ceremony within these 12 months period.
APPLYING FOR CITIZENSHIP
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all the personal appointments have been placed on hold. The Department will recommence in-person interviews and citizenship tests when it is safe to do so.
New applications for Australian citizenship are still able to be accepted during this period.
Processing continues on all applications for Australian citizenship that have already been lodged with the Department.
Source: Australian Government | Department of Home Affairs
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