As of the first eight months of 2017-18, the Department of Home Affairs only approved 54,419 citizenship applications, less than half of the amount of approval it made last year in the same time period. This leaves a lot of applicants in the queue with no certainty.
The Department of Home Affairs last month told the Federal Parliament that over 200,000 people were awaiting the outcome of their citizenship applicants as of April 30 this year with the average waiting period for processing applications ballooning up to 16 months. SBS
A total of 141,236 citizenship applications were received as of February 28, the Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs revealed according to the same source.
Two things had caused the increase in the processing time of citizenship applications. The first was the increased numbers of applications, and the second, stricter regulations.
To become an Australian citizen you need to meet certain requirements. For most applicants these include that you:
- are a permanent resident at time of application and time of decision
- meet the residence requirements
- are of good character
- have a basic knowledge of the English language
- intend to reside or maintain a close and continuing association with Australia
- have an adequate knowledge of the responsibilities and privileges of Australian citizenship.
Many applicants have found that they need to wait unusually long for their application to be processed. Many also complained, that citizenship application made in 2018 were being processed faster than those made in 2017.
What about you? Have you experienced the same thing?
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