Australian citizenship ceremonies via video link during Coronavirus crisis

Citizenship ceremonies via video link
The Chambers family, who arrived in Perth from Wales ten years ago, are seen after becoming citizens during an Australia Day citizenship ceremony (Photo: AAP)

06 April 2020

By SBS News

Australian citizenship ceremonies will be conducted online via video secure video link, with the prospect of up to 750 people conferred each day, acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge announced Monday. The Department of Home Affairs has commenced trialling the one-on-one ceremonies for those already approved, with alternative arrangements to be made for those who can not access the internet.

Citizenship ceremonies across the country were cancelled because of social distancing measures brought on by the Coronavirus.

There are currently 85,000 people awaiting a ceremony and those already scheduled for a citizenship event will be notified. While future applications are still being accepted, the Federal Government has put a halt on interviews and testing.

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