Citizenship will be awarded to some immigrants to Australia at a special ceremony in Melbourne tomorrow.
08 July 2009
Immigrants to Australia to be awarded citizenship tomorrow
Around 170 people from more than 40 countries will become Australian citizens in ceremonies across the country tomorrow as part of the national celebrations for Constitution Day.
In Melbourne, in the state of Victoria, 35 people from 18 countries including South Africa, the United Kingdom, the Russian Federation, Israel, India, Turkey and China who were immigratnts to Australia will become citizens at a special ceremony in Queen’s Hall, Parliament House.
Co-hosting the event in this 60th anniversary year of Australian citizenship are the National Archives of Australia and the Department of Immigration and Citizenship.
DIAC Secretary Andrew Metcalfe said, “On the occasion that marks Australia’s creation as a nation, it is fitting to celebrate citizenship, the glue that holds our culturally diverse population together.
“Constitution Day ceremonies will give the newest citizens of our nation an opportunity to acknowledge that they understand and respect what it means to be an Australian citizen.
“Constitution Day is an initiative of the National Archives of Australia. The Department of Immigration and Citizenship is delighted to work in partnership with the Archives to promote this special day for the third time.”
Since 1949, some four million people have chosen to become Australian citizens. Constitution Day citizenship ceremonies will be staged in every state and territory.
Those wanting to start of the pathway to Australian citizenship have several circumstances that can affect how a person can become an Australian citizen.
- Birthplace and nationality;
- Birth parents;
- Spouse/de facto being an Australian citizen; AND
- Emigrating to Australia.
The Australian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people emigrating to Australia.