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Indian Migrants are Biggest Source of Australian Citizenship

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India has appeared as the biggest source of Australian citizenship, overtaking the UK, with over 118,000 Indian migrants have pledged their adherence to Australia during the 5 years between 2013-14 and 2016- 2017. Indian-born migrants also top the list of visa recipients by the nation under Annual permanent immigration scheme of Australia. Alan Tudge, the Former Citizenship minister had earlier this year revealed the break up of nation-wise citizenship statistics at the federal parliament. Over 54,419 Australian citizenship application forms have approved as of 28th February 2018. Indian born immigrants formed the largest cohort with over 10,168 applicants having been approved. 1,193 - Malaysia 1,200 - South Korea 1,559 - Peoples Republic of China 1,731 - Republic of Ireland 1,962 - Sri Lanka 1,996 - Australia 2,399 - Philippines 2,617 - South Africa 9,195 - United Kingdom 10,168 - India 20,399 - Other countries More than 22,000 Indians have immigrated to Australia in the year 2016-17, while 19,617 applicants from the UK have become the citizens of Australia. Australian Citizenship conferral lowest in 15 years However, count of Australian citizenship conferral has gone down a 15-year in 2017-18 with receiving under 81,000 Indian-born immigrants have been high of the citizenship ladder since 2013-2014 when more than 26,040 Indian-born immigrants have approved the Citizenship of Australia. On another side, UK-born immigrants have been at the second top, closely behind the Indian Citizens.

Australian Citizenship conferral lowest in 15 years

However, the count of Australian citizenship conferral has gone down a 15-year in 2017-18 with receiving under 81,000 immigrants to the Australian citizenship - it was the lowest since 2002-2003. Here are concerns regarding mounting backlog of Australian Citizenship applications awaiting for acceptance. As per the Home Affairs Department, above 245,000 applications were awaiting for acceptance at the end of June and the worldwide proceeding time for citizenship by conferral is taking 17-19 months right now. However, the Home Affairs Department the Department said that it's taking serious measure to control the raised volume of applications, proceeding times and anticipates a huge number of applications being approved during the present year.

David Coleman Says

David Coleman, the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship said that “the Government has started a 50-person task force in the Home Affairs Department with highly complicated applications and guarantee that they will deal with much efficiency. Over 150 employees are also being assigned to focus only on the approval of applications, with all additional employees expected to be in the position by the end of the year," he added. As per reports, these measures are already showing output with increasing processing speed of applications during the first 3 months of this financial year.

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