Attending a Citizenship Ceremonie is the crucial last step in the process of becoming an Australian citizen. After an application for citizenship is approved, the candidate has 12 months time to attend a citizenship ceremony, do the pledge and become a true blue Aussie.
This 12 months timeframe is important. If no ceremony is attended within 12 months, a citizenship approval can be cancelled by the Department of Home Affairs. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic a number of restrictions on face-to-face meetings had to be put in place.
It is still possible to apply for Australian citizenship, yet, all Citizenship Ceremonies, Citizenship tests and in-person interviews had to be placed on hold until further notice. While the Department of Home Affairs is working on a solution to conduct secure citizenship ceremonies online, no such solution has been implemented yet.
The Department of Home Affairs assures applicants, that citizenship approvals will not be cancelled if no Citizenship Ceremony can be attended within the required 12 months, due the Covid-19 Pandemic.
There is no need to contact the Department for an update, if you’re due to attend a Citizenship Ceremony you will be contacted as soon as it is safe to hold one. Equally, in person interviews and citizenship tests will recommence when it’s safe to do so.
If you require assistance with your visa or citizenship application, feel free to get in touch for a consultation with our registered migration agent.