Coming back to normalcy has begun in Australia, the signs of which are also seen in immigration. The country has resumed its citizenship tests and appointments across all its states.
After the second wave of COVID-19, the normal process of citizenship tests had resumed in all states except Victoria. Now, after COVID-19 restrictions are eased in Victoria the citizenship tests and appointments have resumed in Melbourne.
Over 300,000 citizenship tests have been conducted since July 2020 in certain territories and states. In Australia, there are currently 117,000 people waiting for an appointment for the citizenship tests. Almost 40% of these are in Victoria Melbourne is the second-largest testing center, after the combined Sydney sites.
The Australian government is doing its best in finalizing the test applications as soon as possible. For this, additional resources are employed and the opening hours of the offices at key locations are increased. Yet, the integrity of the citizenship program won’t be compromised. After all, it’s the final destination after Australia immigration PR.
More than 163,874 applicants were waiting for the result of their citizenship applications as of September 30, 2020. For 90% of the applicants, the waiting times have increased to 30 months from the application date.
Since March 2020, over 90,000 people have become Australian citizens. The number of new citizens who went through in-person interviewsas of 31 October 2020 came to 14,000. This was since these ceremonies resumed in June 2020.
The test itself has got upgraded with a greater focus on Australian values. These include equality of opportunity, rule of law, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, and freedom of association.
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