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Finding out about Australian citizenship made easier for applicants

by Ray Clancy on May 12, 2016

in Australia Immigration, Immigration Documentation

The Department of Immigration and Border Protection in Australia has made it easier to find out how to apply for citizenship.

Following research and consultation changes have been made to the DIBP’s citizenship pages on its website.

“We’ve improved the navigation to make it easier to find what you’re looking for, and we’ve simplified the information so it’s easier to read and understand. Some of the links have changed but there will be redirections,” said a spokesman.

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Using the feedback gained from the research it should now be easier to find out what a person needs to do to apply for citizenship depending on their circumstances, for example if they are a migrant with permanent residence, the partner or spouse of an Australian citizen, or were born overseas to a former Australian citizen.

There are also options for those who have lost Australian citizenship and want to resume citizenship, are a New Zealand citizen, are Australian and adopted a child overseas and are Australian and need evidence of citizenship.

“If you have applied for citizenship online, or are in the process of applying, your application will not be affected and you will still be able to access your application through your ImmiAccount,” the spokesman added.

Meanwhile, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton has formally declared Islamic State (IS) a terrorist organisation under the Australian Citizenship Act 2007.

He said that the declaration meant dual citizens could have their Australian Citizenship revoked if they are found to be a member of Islamic State.

IS is the first organisation to be declared under the Citizenship Act using provisions passed by the Parliament last year in the Allegiance to Australia Act 2015.

“This declaration strengthens the Government’s ability to protect the Australian community from people who seek to disrupt our way of life. Citizenship is our common bond, giving us reciprocal rights and obligations,” Dutton explained.

“These new provisions recognise that people who engage in terrorism related conduct, have severed that bond with their community and denied their allegiance to Australia. I am satisfied that Islamic State meets the definition of a terrorist organisation under the Act. It is both engaging in acts of terrorism and is opposed to Australia and its interests,” he added.

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