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Wednesday 20 September 2017

Hundreds of Irish expats to become Australian citizens in official ceremony

Sydney Opera House and bridge, Australia. Photo: Deposit
Sydney Opera House and bridge, Australia. Photo: Deposit
Catherine Devine

Catherine Devine

Hundreds of Irish people will celebrate Australian citizenship during an official ceremony on Thursday.

January 26 is 'Australia Day', where many Irish expats will become an Australian citizen.

Edwina Shanahan, migration expert with VisaFirst.com, said that once the person's application to become an Australian citizen has been approved they will be attend a ceremony where they take the Australian Citizenship pledge.

Irish workers typically enter Australia on a temporary or permanent resident visa but they need to be living in Australia on a valid visa before being eligible to apply for citizenship.

This must include 12 months as a permanent resident visa holder and they must not have been absent from Australia for more than one year in total in the four year period before applying, and no more than 90 days absent from Oz in the year before applying.

Recently Australia called for more Irish expats as applications for its Working Holiday Maker (WHM) visa programme has tanked in recent years.

The programme aims to inspire potential travellers to turn the dream of an Aussie lifestyle into reality.

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