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Australia Offers Permanent Residency to French Hero Who Thwarted Terrorist Attack

Following his heroic actions in confronting a terrorist attacker with a bollard, the Australian government has extended an offer of permanent residency to French citizen Damien Guerot. Prime Minister Anthony Albanese commended Guerot's bravery, expressing Australia's willingness to welcome him as a citizen.


Australia Offers Permanent Residency to French Hero Who Thwarted Terrorist Attack

Albanese's initial statement sparked confusion, suggesting that Guerot could obtain Australian citizenship. He stated, "I say this to Damien Guerot – who is dealing with his visa applications – that you are welcome here, you are welcome to stay for as long as you like. This is someone who we would welcome becoming an Australian citizen, although that would of course be a loss for France."

 

However, it was later clarified that Guerot was being offered permanent residency, not citizenship. Despite this distinction, Guerot, now dubbed "bollard man," received the promise of permanent residency with gratitude.

 

Due to residency requirements, Guerot cannot immediately qualify for Australian citizenship. Nonetheless, Immigration Minister Andrew Giles assured that Guerot's case was being reviewed, emphasizing the government's appreciation for his heroism.


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Guerot's current visa is set to expire in July, but immigration authorities have indicated that permanent residency may soon be granted to him.

The process of obtaining Australian citizenship can be lengthy, with residency prerequisites to fulfill. Statistics from the Department of Home Affairs show that between 2022 and 2023, 192,947 individuals were granted Australian citizenship.

India led the list of countries of origin with 40,361 individuals, followed by the United Kingdom, the Philippines, and Pakistan.

Guerot's courageous actions have not only earned him recognition but also the promise of a new home in Australia, where he will be welcomed as a permanent resident.

By fLEXI tEAM

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