On January 26, 2016, over 16,000 immigrants from 154 countries celebrated the “Australia Day” national holiday by becoming new Australian citizens in around 145 citizenship ceremonies held across the country.
Queensland led the country in the number of immigrants who became new Aussie citizens on Australia Day, with 4,300 people from around 100 different countries receiving Australian citizenship. At the largest Australian citizenship ceremony held in Queensland, 582 immigrants became new citizens of Australia at a special event that took place at Brisbane City Hall. Among the new Australian citizens at the Brisbane ceremony were a married couple, Jeffery and Dela Rosa Ramos, who were approved to immigrate to Australia from The Philippines five years ago. Jeffery Ramos expressed great happiness about receiving Australian citizenship by declaring, “It’s always been our dream to come here, and now we are here and very happy.”
In New South Wales, 3,387 immigrants took the oath of Australian citizenship at Australia Day citizenship ceremonies across the state. Lord Mayor of Sydney, Clover Moore, welcomed around 30 new Australian citizens at a special ceremony held at scenic Sydney Harbor with the iconic Opera House and Harbor Bridge in the background. These new Australian citizens had been approved to immigrate to Australia from many different countries, including Bangladesh, Brazil, China, France, Greece, Iran, Pakistan, Peru, South Korea, Syria, and the UAE.
Western Australia welcomed 3,069 immigrants originating from 109 countries as brand new Aussie citizens during several Australia Day events. At Western Australia’s biggest Australian citizenship ceremony held north of Perth, 816 immigrants from 67 different countries became new citizens of Australia. The greatest number of new Aussie citizens living in Western Australia came from India, Ireland, South Africa, The Philippines, and the UK.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull welcomed Xuan Vu Nguyen and his wife Thi Mai, along with their two young children, who immigrated to Australia from Vietnam and became new Aussie citizens at an Australia Day celebration held in Canberra. Today, Mr. and Mrs. Nguyen both have good jobs in Australia as software engineers. During the Australia Day citizenship ceremony held in Canberra, the Australian national capital, a total of 27 immigrants from 13 different countries became new Aussie citizens. Prime Minister Turnbull told the new Australian citizens, “We’ve built a remarkable country. Yes, there have been great leaders in every field who have inspired us, but Australia belongs to all of us. It was built by all of us. Through the love of your adopted country, you too will contribute to our success.”
Many other Australian citizenship ceremonies took place all across the “Land Down Under” on Australia Day 2016. The State of Victoria welcomed 3,774 new Aussie citizens who immigrated to Australia from 113 different countries. In South Australia, 1,175 immigrants originating from 74 countries became Australian citizens in special events held across the state. Tasmania welcomed 279 immigrants from 53 countries as new citizens of Australia, while Northern Territory welcomed 186 new Aussies.
Approximately 200,000 people from all over the world immigrate to Australia every year through various Australian immigration programs, such as the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program. As Australian permanent residents, they are authorized to live, work and study in Australia long-term and have the opportunity to enjoy the high standard of living that Australia is famous for. Furthermore, permanent residents of Australia have the option to apply for Australian citizenship once they live in Australia at least four years and meet all of the requirements.
Just think – if you and your family are approved to immigrate to Australia, you might also one day be celebrating Australia Day as brand new Aussie citizens! To learn more about immigration to Australia through the General Skilled Migration (GSM) program, click here!