On 20 April 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton announced impending changes to Australian citizenship law.
The major proposed change is to require that individuals who lodge applications as from 20 April 2017 onwards must have lived in Australia as a permanent resident for a minimum of 4 years (instead of the current requirement of 12 months as a permanent resident and 3 years as a lawful visa holder).
Other changes include the introduction of an English test and the provision of evidence that the applicant has integrated into the Australian community.
Importantly, however, reform to the citizenship process is only ‘proposed’ at this stage and no new law has passed the Commonwealth Parliament.
Putt Legal encourages all permanent residents who meet the current residency requirement to lodge a citizenship application immediately, in the hope these changes will not apply retrospectively, as proposed.
Please contact Putt Legal if we can be of assistance in lodging your citizenship application.