Indians #1 In Getting Australian Citizenship: 38,000 Indians Granted Citizenship, 60% Increase
At a time when getting H1B visa and Green Card for US is banned for Indians, and other foreigners, Australia has opened up their borders for all.
Indians were #1 when it comes to getting Australian citizenship this year, as total number of approved applications from India jumped up by 60%.
What exactly is happening here? And more importantly, how?
Indians #1 In Getting Australian Citizenship
Alan Tudge, who is Australia’s Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs has revealed that when it comes to granting citizenships to foreigners, India was at #1 position.
In 2019-20, total of 200,000 foreigners were granted Australian citizenship, and out of that, 38,000 were Indians, thereby becoming #1.
This is 60% more, compared to last year.
After Indians, UK came at #2 position with 25,011 granted citizenship, followed by China at 14,764 citizenships and Pakistan at 8821.
Highlighting the relevance and the impact of getting Australian citizenship, Alan said, Becoming an Australian citizen means more than just living and working here – it’s a pledge of allegiance to our nation, our people and our values. When someone becomes a citizen, they make a pledge to uphold Australia’s rights, liberties, laws and democratic values. It represents a willingness to integrate into our successful multicultural nation,”
More Citizenship Will Be Provided
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and subsequent lockdowns, Australian Govt has started online ceremonies to confer Australian citizenship.
The Department of Home Affairs has assured that more interviews will be arranged for granting citizenship to the foreigners.
Overall, there are 619,164 Indians in Australia, as per Australian Bureau of Statistics’ 2016 census.
Out of them, 592,000 were born in Australia, and comprises 2.8% of their population.
We will keep you updated, as more details come in.