The Hon Alan Tudge MP, currently acting Minister for Immigration
The Hon Alan Tudge MP, currently acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, has made a statement that the Government will hold online citizenship ceremonies via secure video link, to enable people to continue to become Australian citizens during the COVID-19 crisis. The Department of Home Affairs has commenced trialing one-on-one ceremonies for those already approved for Australian citizenship. When fully implemented, it is expected this new capability will see up to 750 people per day having their citizenship conferred. It is important to note that applications for Australian citizenship are still able to be accepted during this period, though citizenship interviews and testing have been put on hold. There are currently 85,000 people awaiting a ceremony.