Data released by the Australian Department of Home Affairs show that the processing time of applications for Australian citizenship came down by 10 percent in 2019. The number of citizenship applications approved by Australia has also increased during the current year, according to data. To be precise, the number of Australian citizenships granted doubled during the period between 1st July 2018 and 30th April 2019, compared to the same time period in the previous year.
Drop in the processing time of Australian citizenship applications mean that 75% of applications will be processed within 18 months as opposed to 20 months. By processing time, we mean the period between the time when the citizenship application is submitted to the time of conferring the citizenship. The Department of Home Affairs observes that the reduction in waiting time is mainly owing to the reforms implemented by the Australia government to streamline the application process for Australian citizenship. By introducing these reforms, the Department of Home Affairs aimed to streamline the application process without compromising on national security or integrity of the process.
Currently, 220,000 applications for Australian citizenship are pending for approval. This number is lower compared to the same point of time last year, when the number of pending applications was 250000. The number of applications came down mainly owing to the reduction in the processing time. The Department expects that this number will come down further in the coming years. For 90 per cent of applications though, the processing time remains unchanged at 23 months.
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