A few days after announcing the ban on popular 457 visa program, Australian government has now announced to make the Citizenship test tougher for the applicants in order to ensure that the people who get the citizenship are truly committed and well informed about Australia. Last week only, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced sweeping changes to Australian 457 visa program that allows foreign skilled workers to get four years work visa in Australia.
Key Changes to Australian Citizenship Test
As per the new changes in the Australian Citizenship Test requirement, the four year residence requirement is introduced, out of maximum one year can be outside Australia. Earlier the applicants needed four years of temporary residence requirement out of which one year prior to submitting application must be a permanent resident.
English Language Proficiency
The English language proficiency has also become stricter than what it was earlier. Moreover, the applicant of Australian citizenship must also be adjudged based on the fact as to how committed they are to ‘Australian Values’. The English test is likely to concentrate on the questions with regards to domestic violence, female genital mutilation, respect for women and children, and child marriage, etc.
Attempts Restricted for Citizenship
Number of attempts for Citizenship has also been restricted by the government to just three. Earlier there was no limit as to how many types you can fail and reapply for the citizenship test. However, now this has been limited to three attempts only. Moreover, the candidates found cheating during the citizenship test will automatically be considered as failed in the test.
As per Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian Citizenship will only be granted to those people who are committed to Australian Values, respect the laws of Australia and want to integrate in the community to contribute significantly in making better Australia. Turnbull emphasized on the need of proficiency in the English language for the better economic participation, and faster integration of the applicants in Australian community and society. Speaking about the new Citizenship test reforms, Prime Minister Turnbull said, “Citizenship is at the heart of our national identity. It is the foundation of our democracy. We must ensure that our citizenship program is conducted in our national interest,”
“Any conduct that is inconsistent with Australian values will be considered as part of this process. Criminal activity, including family violence or involvement in organized crime, is thoroughly inconsistent with Australian values”, he further added.
A few days back, the Aussie Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull also announced to scrap the popular 457 visa program for temporary foreign workers. The 457 visa program will soon be replaced with two new temporary work visa streams for 2 years and 4 years respectively. The new visa streams replacing 457 Visa will have new requirements and procedure for applicants.
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