Melbourne welcomes new citizens in Australian-first online pilot
Seven Melburnians will today become the first new Australians to get their citizenship through a virtual citizenship ceremony hosted by a Local Council. Acting Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Alan Tudge said the Federal Government has been trialling online ceremonies for some weeks now, and we expect 90,000 people will receive their citizenship in this way over the next six months (22 April 2020). More...
Man born in pre-independence PNG recognised as Australian after Federal Court battle with immigration minister
A man born in pre-independence Papua New Guinea has won a "significant" legal case against the acting immigration minister with the Federal Court recognising his Australian citizenship (19 April 2020). More...
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MIGRATION – application for declaration of Australian citizenship under s 4(1)(b) of the Australian Citizenship Act 2007 (Cth) – where applicant born in Papua before grant of independence to Papua New Guinea – whether applicant remained Australian citizen at time of independence - whether applicant was a naturalised citizen of Australia at time of independence – whether applicant had a right to permanent residence in Australia at time of independence – whether status of applicant can be determined by reference to status of mother – where applicant was four months old at time of independence – where applicant’s mother had a right to permanent residence in Australia – applicant declared to be an Australian citizen
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