Australian citizenship is an essential step in your migration story. Becoming an Australian citizen means that you are making an ongoing commitment to Australia and all that this country stands for. It is also the beginning of your formal membership of the Australian community. It is the step that will enable you to say ‘I am Australian’. With the recent COVID-19, many people are concerned about returning to their home countries. For example, from the 1st of February, the Australian government announced that foreign arrivals from mainland China would not be allowed entry into Australia. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family, legal guardians and spouses are excepted from the measure. Due to the heightened safety precautions of the entry into Australia, are there benefits of being an Australian citizen?
COVID-19 and the benefits of applying for Australian Citizenship
While there are many reasons why one would want to pursue Australia citizenship, the outbreak of COVID-19 reinforces various reasons why Australian Citizenship is useful.
Australian citizens are not exposed to the security measures put in place as a result of the corona virus. Australian citizens do not have to queue at the airport contrary to others. Australian citizens, permanent residents and their immediate family (spouses, minor dependents or legal guardians only) can enter Australia. However, if they have been in a country subject to travel restrictions, they will be required to self-isolate for 14 days from the time they left that country.
Australia has a world-class health system. Australian citizens can enjoy the free public health insurance that Australia provides, with free or low cost access to doctors, prescription medication and hospital visits. This is certainly comforting with the outbreak of COVID-19. There have also been a relatively small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in Australia, compared to other countries.
The Application Process for Australian Citizenship
The process of applying for Australian citizenship varies depending on your eligibility. There are several different application options with varying requirements of eligibility. The application process for citizenship may seem daunting at first, but with the assistance of No Borders Migration, we make the process simple.
Firstly, we must ascertain your edibility, including that you meet the residency. We will then gather relevant documents, then complete and lodge your application and schedule your citizenship test or interview. We will then receive notification of the department’s decision. Once approved, you will then attend a citizenship ceremony. We can also assist with exceptional circumstances and individual cases
We highly recommend not waiting until the last minute to seek assistance with your visa. If you are unsure if you would be eligible for Australian citizenship or how to fill out your application correctly, speak to a migration agent as soon as you are aware that you will need to extend your time in Australia.. Contact us today for a free, no-obligation assessment with our legal team.