Nearly 2,300 people from 92 countries around the world are preparing to become Australian citizens at celebrations due to be held around the country tomorrow as part of Citizenship Day.
“Australia’s newest citizens come from diverse backgrounds, with a range of experiences and journeys to their new lives in Australia,” a spokesman for the Department of Immigration and Citizenship said. “What they all have in common is a commitment to this country and its people, which will be commemorated in ceremonies nationwide.”
In conjunction with Australian Citizenship Day, the department has launched a social media campaign, encouraging Australians to post a video on social media site Instagram explaining how they affirm their loyalty to Australia.
“We’re asking Aussies to create their own affirmation, starting with the words ‘As an Australian citizen, I affirm …’ and then explain a way they demonstrate what it means to be an Australian,” the spokesman said.
In order to become an Australian citizen, an immigrant must have lived in Australia on a valid Australian visa for four years immediately before applying, including one-year as a permanent resident. An applicant for citizenship will also need to sit, and pass, a citizenship test which assesses all would-be citizens on whether they have adequate knowledge of Australia and the responsibilities and privileges of being a citizen.