Opening of temporary system for granting citizenship during COVID-19

18 Jan 2021

The Department of Justice has announced that a temporary system for granting citizenship during the COVID-19 pandemic is now open.

From Monday 18 January 2021, the temporary system will enable citizenship applicants to complete the naturalisation process by signing a statutory declaration of loyalty. The signed statutory declaration replaces the requirement for citizenship applicants to attend citizenship ceremonies which have been suspended temporarily during COVID-19.

Qualifying applicants will be asked to complete a statutory declaration that will be sent to them by email from the Citizenship Division of the Department of Justice. Applicants will be required to bring the statutory declaration to one of the listed designated officials who must witness the applicant sign the document.

Following on from our previous news story, in October 2020 the Department of Justice announced its intention to make provision, as a temporary measure while COVID-19 restrictions are in place, for citizenship applicants to complete the naturalisation process in this way.

There are currently in excess of 24,000 citizenship applications on hand including approximately 4,000 that are ceremony ready or in the final processing stages.

See: Department of Justice media release

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