New Citizenship Amendment Legislation Released

By February 12, 2018Latest Topics

It was reported by the Migration Institute of Australia on 7 February 2018 that the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australia Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2018 was registered and introduced to the Senate.

This new amendment bill includes some even stricter requirements for citizenship applicants than the last bill in 2017.

Here is an outline of this amendment bill.

– Applicant has to be a permanent resident for at least eight years before they are eligible to apply for citizenship;
– Provide evidence of competent English language proficiency before they can make a valid application for citizenship
– Require applicants to sign an Australian Values Statement to make a valid application for citizenship

For more detail of this new amendment bill, please visit

This Citizenship bill has not been approved by the Senate at the moment, but the government is hoping to push this through before July 2018; Global Migration Solutions suggests that all potential Citizenship applicants should prepare their citizenship applications as soon as possible if they meet the current criteria.

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