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Citizenship Ceremonies

 

There are no Citizenship ceremonies until further notice.

All citizenship ceremonies have been cancelled due to the Australian Government’s precautionary measures in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  
 
Further COVID-19 information is available on the Department of Health website at https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov
 

We apologise for any inconvenience. When the situation changes the Department will write to you to schedule a new citizenship ceremony date. 
 
Further information on Australian citizenship is also available on our website
 
The answers to the following frequently asked questions may address your enquiry.
 
1.    I want to ask about the progress of my application
2.    I have changed my contact details or my personal details 
3.    I want an urgent Citizenship ceremony
4.    I need to travel while waiting for my ceremony date 
5.    Citizenship ceremonies
 
 
1.    I want to ask about the progress of my application
 
We do not provide progress updates.  If we require further information regarding your application, we will contact you. 
 
If you have applied for Australian citizenship and your application has not yet been finalised, your application will be assessed against the existing eligibility criteria for Australian citizenship. 
 
Once your application is finalised and ceremonies are re-scheduled, you will be placed on your council waitlist and allocated to a ceremony in accordance with your date of approval. 
 
2.   I have changed my contact details or my personal details 
 

It is important that you notify the Department if your contact details change (e.g. address, phone number, email address) 
 
Please update your details on your ImmiAccount or https://online.immi.gov.au/lusc/login.  By updating your details through your ImmiAccount, the changes will be immediate. 
 
If you did not apply online using ImmiAccount, please complete a 'Form 929 - Change of address and/or passport details' and email the completed form to 929@homeaffairs.gov.au.  
 
3.   I want an urgent Citizenship ceremony.
 
People are encouraged to attend public ceremonies. However, in genuinely urgent, compelling and unforeseen circumstances, the Department may agree to conduct a Departmental citizenship ceremony.
 
Requests for urgent processing will only be considered in very exceptional circumstances and must be accompanied by evidence to support those circumstances.  
 
Please note: overseas holidays, visiting sick relatives, business trips, working overseas, or general employment opportunities are not considered exceptional circumstances.  
 
4.   I need to travel while waiting for my ceremony date
 
If you need to travel overseas before you acquire Australian citizenship, you must ensure you maintain your permanent resident status in Australia and confirm if any travel bans are currently in place.
 
Please obtain or renew your passport from your current country of citizenship AND ensure you have a valid Resident Return Visa if the travel facility in your previous visa has ceased or will cease before you return to Australia.  This requirement also applies to children.  Information on the eligibility criteria for a Resident Return Visa is available from our website here.
 
5.    Citizenship Ceremonies
 
Once your application has been approved, arrangements will be made for you to attend a citizenship ceremony where you will make the Pledge of commitment.  Making the Pledge is the final legal requirement to becoming an Australian citizen.  
 
You will be invited to attend a ceremony at your local council once ceremonies are re-scheduled. You will receive an email invitation or letter of invitation by post usually three weeks before the ceremony date. You will be allocated to the next ceremony with available places in your local council area (please note, you must attend a ceremony in your local council area). 
 
You should notify the Department by contacting 131 880, if you are unable to attend your ceremony. In most cases you will be invited to a subsequent ceremony. Please do not approach your local council as they do not decide who attends each ceremony.  
 
Please check the Department’s website regularly for further updates.
 
Thank you.
 
NSW Citizenship Ceremonies Team
Department of Home Affairs
Postal address:  GPO Box 9984, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Email: ceremony.nsw@homeaffairs.gov.au
 

More Information

For more information, please contact Council on 02 6962 8100.

Links

Department of Immigration & Citizenship
Australian Passports Office
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