Getting citizenship isn’t so easy anymore

If you are a would-be migrant with the intent to become an Australian citizen in the future, you’ll now have a tougher chance of becoming an Australian than before. The government is introducing an English language test and an Australian values quiz that applicants for citizenship would have to take and pass first. On top of that, the waiting period to become a citizen is now raised to four years instead of two years previously.

A lot of people, specially people who were naturalised citizens, strongly object to the new laws proposed by Prime Minister John Howard. I’m no fan of Howard but I do see their point in wanting the application for citizenship a little more tougher. It could help sort out people who aren’t really all too serious in taking on the citizenship of Australia.

On the other hand, these new laws would make it very difficult, if not impossible, for people who are illiterate (not by choice) to become citizens such as humanitarian refugees.

Here are a couple of articles regarding the new laws:
Citizenship test ‘discriminatory @ ABC News Online
Rush to beat Aussie values test @ News.com.au

So, if you are already a permanent resident and have plans to become an Australian citizen, you better apply now while the laws are still not enforced (as far as I know).

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Published in: on December 13, 2006 at 11:15 pm  Comments (2)  

2 CommentsLeave a comment

  1. Thanks for the clarification, Vince. 🙂

  2. The new legislation won’t affect those who are already permanent residents, only those who become pr’s after the legislation has passed.

    Have a nice trip to Manila.

    Vince


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