Publish Date: May 01, 2017
Author: Gabriel Mackenzie
The Australian Government has announced changes to Australian citizenship requirements which are effective 20 April 2017.
The changes will require:
Changes to General Residence Requirement
Applicants for citizenship by conferral would generally need to show that they meet the "General Residence" requirement.
This would mean showing that they have been present in Australia for at least:
Previously, it was possible to count time spent in Australia on a temporary visa or bridging visa towards the 4-year requirement in (1) above.
The announced changes would require that applicants hold a permanent visa for 4 years before applying. This would potentially require applicants to wait a further 3 years before applying for Australian citizenship.
2 Changes to English Requirement
Applicants will need to show Competent English when applying for Australian citizenship - this will require many applicants to do an English test. English testing was not previously required.
Competent English would require a score of 6 in each band of IELTS, or one of the alternative tests of English.
3 New Citizenship Test
A new citizenship test will be developed which tests Australian values more thoroughly.
Applicants will be able to attempt the test a maximum of 3 times. If a person is found to be cheating on the test, this will result in an automatic fail.
4 Integration Requirement
According to the discussion paper, applicants will need to demonstrate their integration into the Australian community by providing documentation on their integration into Australian society.
This is likely to include providing evidence that you are:
This article was prepared on 28 April 2017 and the law may have changed by the time you are reading it.
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This article was prepared on 1 May 2017 and the law may have changed when you read it.