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From: mohamed zakaria mohamed abdelhamid

Dear Department of Internal Affairs,

Today the announcement for processing times as per the below link added a further 2 months weeks of delays in processing time from the time in March 2022 ( 14 months vs 16 + months announced today)

What makes me and thousands of applicants who applied either on paper or an earlier time in 2021 is unfairly allocated to case officer considering they don't appear on the automated check group which.

it is understood processing of applications time might be different from one applicant to another but allocation should be fairly on first come first served bases. otherwise, there is huge unfairness in that process.

I think the processing team is giving indirect priority to handling and reducing the back long on the expenses of other applicants who have been waiting for more than a year for the processing of their citizenship applications.

I would assume the priority for the department is supporting applicants in their submission/eligibility bases but not just reducing backlog numbers. Could you please confirm this?

Also, Need to know what it is your plans to have the assignment to the case officers allocation enhanced from today's range of 2-14 Months!!!

Finally, I would be looking for a number of approved / in-process applications and their submission date from June 2021 till June 2021.



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