On the 20 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton announced impending changes to Australian citizenship law.
One of the major proposed changes include a requirement that applicants would have to have lived as an Australia permanent resident, within the country, for a minimum of four years (instead of the current one year requirement as a permanent resident and three years as a lawful visa holder).
Other proposed changes include a more rigorous English test and evidence that the applicant has integrated into the Australian community.
However, reform to the citizenship process is only ‘proposed’ at this stage and no new law has passed the Commonwealth Parliament.
We encourage all permanent residents who would be eligible for citizenship prior to the announcement of proposed changes, lodge a citizenship application in the hope these changes will not apply retrospectively.
Please contact us if we can be of assistance in lodging your citizenship application.
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