Australian Citizenship

Australian Citizenship

Recently, the Prime Minister has declared to bring in reforms to reinforce Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of the citizenship processes and requirements. In times of uncertainty a second citizenship provides the comfort of knowing that you, your family, and your finances can be secured by having an alternative base and home in Australia.

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When can I apply for citizenship in Australia?

Recently, the Prime Minister and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection have declared to bring in reforms to reinforce Australian citizenship by putting Australian values at the heart of the citizenship processes and requirements. There are now six main requirements which you need to fullfill before you are eligible to apply for Australian citizenship. You have to

  • pass a stand-alone English test, involving reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for at least four years;
  • show the steps you have taken to integrate into and contribute to the Australian community. Examples would include evidence of employment, membership of community organisations and school enrolment for all eligible children.

In addition, the new requirments limit the number of times an applicant can fail the citizenship test to three and introduce an automatic fail for applicants who cheat during the citizenship test.

 

What is the test on Australian Values

The test will be designed to demonstrate appreciation of Australian values, with potential questions on respect for women and children regarding child marriage, female genital mutilation and domestic violence. For the first time ever, domestic violence, gang related activity and organised crime associations will be included in more for forensic police checks. The government claims that the new test would also look more thoroughly into people’s history for even minor offences which were inconsistent with Australian values such as social welfare fraud and abuse.

 

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Updated: 2021-08-01
By: Migration Agent and Immigration Lawyer Association