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How many applicants whose application for citizenship has been approved and waiting for citizenship ceremony

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Dear Department of Home Affairs,

How many applicants whose application for citizenship has been approved and waiting for citizenship ceremony as on 31/08/2021 in ACT
1. Number of applicants whose citizenship has been approved by 30/06/2021 but still waiting for citizenship Ceremony in ACT
2 Number of applicants whose citizenship has been approved by 31/05/2021 , but still waiting for Citizenship Ceremony in act
3 Steps taken to do online/virtual citizenship ceremonies to clear the backlog
4 Reasons as to why Online citizenship ceremonies can not be conducted in greater numbers and why wait times can not be reduced for citizenship ceremony for applicants whose citizenship applications have already been approved

Yours faithfully,
Vikas

FOI, Department of Home Affairs

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FOI Request: FA 21/09/00624
File Number: OBJ2021/28235

Dear Vikas,

Acknowledgement of Freedom of Information Access request

I refer to your correspondence received on 13 September 2021 seeking access to documents held by the Department of Home Affairs (the Department) under the Freedom of Information Act 1982 (the FOI Act).

Scope of request
You have requested access to the following:

How many applicants whose application for citizenship has been approved and waiting for citizenship ceremony as on 31/08/2021 in ACT
1. Number of applicants whose citizenship has been approved by 30/06/2021 but still waiting for citizenship Ceremony in ACT
2 Number of applicants whose citizenship has been approved by 31/05/2021 , but still waiting for Citizenship Ceremony in act
3 Steps taken to do online/virtual citizenship ceremonies to clear the backlog
4 Reasons as to why Online citizenship ceremonies can not be conducted in greater numbers and why wait times can not be reduced for citizenship ceremony for applicants whose citizenship applications have already been approved.

The Freedom of Information Act 1982 provides a right to obtain access to “a document of an agency”. As such, it is not possible for the Department to provide responses to questions under the FOI Act.

The Department has interpreted the scope of your request as:

How many applicants whose application for citizenship has been approved and waiting for citizenship ceremony as on 31/08/2021 in ACT
1. Number of applicants whose citizenship has been approved by 30/06/2021 but still waiting for citizenship Ceremony in ACT
2 Number of applicants whose citizenship has been approved by 31/05/2021 , but still waiting for Citizenship Ceremony in act
3 Steps taken to do online/virtual citizenship ceremonies to clear the backlog

Your request was received by the Department on 13 September 2021 and has been allocated FOI request number FA 21/09/00624 .

Please include your FOI request number in all correspondence with the Freedom of Information Section.

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Your review rights in relation to your request are available on the website of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner here.
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Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
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Dear Vikas,

Scope Clarification Required

In order to proceed with your FOI request the Department requires more information.

You will need to specify for which area within the ACT that you require the information. That is, Canberra City, Lachlan Shire Council, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, etc.

Please reply to this email by no later than Tuesday, 21 September 2021.

Kind regards,

FOI Officer - Geoff
Freedom of Information
Department of Home Affairs

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In reply please quote:

FOI Request:       FA 21/09/00624

File Number:       OBJ2021/28235

 

Dear Vikas,

 

I refer to your FOI request received on 13 September 2021 

 

The Department has made a decision on this request. Please find attached
the decision record and any documents released under the FOI Act.  

 

This request has been closed in our system.

 

 

Signed electronically

 

Glen

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Authorised Decision Maker | Freedom of Information Section

FOI and Records Management Branch

Data Division | Strategy and National Resilience Group

Department of Home Affairs

 

 

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