Australia to celebrate Citizenship Day

More than 8,000 people from almost 130 nations will become Australian citizens today as Australia celebrates Australian Citizenship Day.

The day sees more than 150 citizenship ceremonies are taking place across the country.

Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman will be at the National Museum of Australia in Canberra to welcome 50 new citizens from 25 countries at a ceremony

“Citizenship Day is a time to recognise the value and significance of Australian citizenship and celebrate the contribution of all citizens to our great nation,” Mr Coleman said. “These migrants are making a commitment to our nation and accepting the immense privilege of Australian Citizenship.”

Minister Coleman continued: “It means they have a stake in our future as a prosperous and diverse nation, and that they embrace the fundamental values that underpin our society.”

Since 1949, Australia has welcomed more than five million new citizens, including almost 130,000 last year. New citizens must embrace freedom, democracy, and the rule of law.

In order to apply for citizenship, an immigrant must have lawfully resided in Australia for at least four years before applying, including being a permanent resident for at least one year and lived in Australia for at least nine out of 12 months before you apply.

Applicants must also be able to prove their English language ability and score at least 75 per cent on a citizenship test.

Article published 17th September 2019