On 13 September 2017, the Australian Senate passed a motion to discharge the consideration of the Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017.
What this means is that, if the Bill is not passed by 18 October 2017, it will be discharged from the Senate Notice Paper and will need to be re-introduced into Parliament if the government wants to persist with its proposed changes.
The good news is that if the Bill is ‘struck off’ the current residency period requirements will remain as is, for the time being. Those requirements are as follows –
“A person has been living in Australia on a valid visa for 4 years immediately before applying, which must include the last 12 months as permanent resident and has not been absent from Australia for a particular period.”
As previously, Putt Legal encourages all permanent residents who meet the current residency requirements to lodge a citizenship application immediately.