On 20th April 2017 Immigration Minister introduced the legislation to the parliament with three broad changes to the criteria for Australian citizenship in which the applicant must:
This made a lot of migrants with the hopes of being Australian citizen nervous. The new requirements for the Australian citizenship would have made it much more harder for them to attain one. After already going through the tough process and waiting time to be granted the Permanent Residency it would be simply unfair for the migrants who are contributing hugely towards the Australian economy to be subjected to the new changes.
However on 18th October 2017 this controversial citizenship bill failed to pass the Senate. Despite this, Peter Dutton still intends overhaul citizenship laws.
The current requirements for the Australian citizenship require the applicant to:
The general residence requirements are as follows;
If you applied for Australian citizenship before, on or after 20 April 2017, but before 1 July 2018, your application will be processed under the current rules and you are required to meet the above mentioned criteria.
If you apply for the citizenship on or after 1 July 2018 (subject to the legislation passing) you will need to have resided as a permanent resident for four years.
To avoid being affected by any future changes in the citizenship requirements we encourage all the eligible candidates to act now and apply for the citizenship.
The immigration stopped processing all the citizenship applications submitted after 20th April. Now as immigration has opened the applications for citizenship there are about 120,000 pending application. This backlog may affect the processing time of your application.
For further information, feel free to get in touch with our experts today.
We are featured in almost every promianent media group for our customer-centric approach and solution-oriented services.
1st Floor, Central Business Space, Nr. Fortune Landmark Hotel, Ashram Road, Usmanpura, Ahmedabad, Gujarat-380013. India
2nd Floor, Bahuchar Complex Opp Surya Complex, ST Workshop Road, Mehsana, Gujarat - 384002. India
2B, Sai Kiran Apartments No. 7, First Main Road, Kasturba Nagar Adyar, Chennai, Tamilnadu - 600020, India
Office No - 1104 - 1107, Ansal Tower, Nehru Place, New Delhi - 110019
Level 1, Block Court, 288-290 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria - 3000, Australia
Level 1 7-9 Elizabeth Street, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Level 1, 328 Burwood Road, Hawthorn, Victoria - 3122, Australia
Suite 1, Level 13, 116 Adelaide Street, Brisbane, QLD - 4000, Australia
15B, Level 1/1 Main Street, Mawson Lakes, Adelaide 5095
Office 2904 HDS Tower, Cluster F , Jumeirah Lake Towers, Dubai, UAE