The new Citizenship Bill, Australian Citizenship Legisltion Amendment (Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Commitments for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) currently before the Senate will adversely impact many new migrants and refugees – making it harder for them to become Australian Citizens.
If the Bill is passed it will
- increase the residence requirement from 4 to 8 years or more, and
- implement a new English language threshold.
At present, a potential Australian citizen must be a resident in Australia for at least 4 years, and one of those years as a Permanent Resident. The new law would require someone to live in Australia as a Permanent Resident for 8 years.
We live in a country that offers safety and opportunity to many. Australians pride themselves on giving people a “fair go”. Yet for many new migrants who love this country, the opportunity to call Australia home may become more difficult.