Concern Remains Over Citizenship Delays

18:04' 07-03-2019
The Federation of Ethnic Communities’ Councils of Australia (FECCA) has expressed deep concern about the significant delays being experienced by migrants who are seeking to become Australian citizens.
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    FECCA was responding to the release of the Auditor-General’s report, “Efficiency of the Processing of Applications for Citizenship by Conferral”.

    The report found that applications for citizenship have not been processed efficiently by the Department of Home Affairs, and have not been processed in a time-efficient manner.

    Processing times have increased, and long delays are evident between lodging of applications and decisions being taken. Of note, significant periods of inactivity are evident for both complex and non-complex applications.

    FECCA Chairperson Ms Mary Patetsos called the delays “unwarranted”, and said they put a strain on migrant families “who simply want to formalise their commitment to our great nation”.

    “We should not be creating unnecessary bureaucratic barriers for people wanting to pledge their allegiance and commitment to Australia,” Ms Patetsos added.

    She pointed out that the granting of citizenship is symbolic of acceptance into the Australian community.

    “The sooner we can bestow citizenship upon eligible migrants, the sooner they can get on with making valuable contributions to our society.”

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