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Clearing backlog by virtual citizenship ceremony

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From: Daniel

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

Don't take level 4 into account, i am talking when we move to lower levels or as we moved into lower levels in past.

Is not feasible for DIA to organize a virtual citizenship ceremony and post the certificates? Everything stated on citizenship website to complete the ceremony can be achievable through virtual ceremony as well.
Speeches, Oath, National Anthem and performances

Why not the DIA department is opting for virtual ceremonies for citizenship as other countries (Australia, US and Canada) are doing for clearing the backlog?

Why not the DIA department is giving an option to an applicant whether he/she wants to attend the actual or virtual citizenship ceremony in this Covid time?

Currently which month citizenship applications are assigned to the case officers?

Yours faithfully,

Daniel

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Tçnâ koe Daniel,

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Nâku nâ,

Michelle Reed (she/her)  
Kaitohutohu Ârahi, te Ture Pârongo Ôkawa | Lead Advisor Official Correspondence 
Te Urûngi | Organisational Strategy & Performance
Level 6, 45 Pipitea St | PO Box 805, Wellington 6140, New Zealand |  www.dia.govt.nz

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Tçnâ koe Daniel,

 

 

This is to advise that as your new Official Information Act 1982 (Act)
request OIA 2122-0229 request is similar in nature to the questions in
your existing request OIA 2122-0176 (please see below). Because of this,
we consider it to be an amendment to your original request under section
15(1AA) of the Act; If a request (the original request) is amended or
clarified after the date on which it is received, the department or
venture or Minister of the Crown or organisation that receives the request
may treat the amended or clarified request as a new request that, for the
purposes of subsection (1), replaces the original request.

 

This amendment resets the due date to your request, and the Department
will provide its combined response to your request OIA 2122-0176 as soon
as practicable and within twenty working days. The 20th working day is 11
October 2021.

 

Please note that in cases where the Department’s response provides
information that is identified to be of general public interest, the
response may also be published on the Department of Internal Affairs
website. If the Department publishes its response to your OIA request, all
personal information, including your name and contact details, will be
removed.

 

Ngâ mihi,

 

Louise Walton [1](she/her)

Advisor Official Correspondence

Te Pâhekoheko, Kâwai ki te Iwi | Operations, Service Delivery and
Operations
Te Tari Taiwhenua | The Department of Internal Affairs

[2]www.dia.govt.nz

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