There is good news for those who are waiting for Australian citizen application. The government of Australia was failed to pass new reformed citizenship bill which was announced in April of 2017.
As soon as the government failed to pass sweeping reforms that includes a tougher English language test as well as minimum 4 years permanent residency cap for the applicant, the department of immigration has received a rush of Australian citizen application.
As you might know the government of Australia announced some change for Australian citizen application on or after 20th of April 2017.
The bill was not more likely not in favor of many immigrants in Australia since it has some following mandatory obligation for the candidates who apply for citizenship.
We can see from the social media, many people celebrates as senate unable to pass the bill at the due date of 17th of October 2017.
What was in the bill which failed to passed through senate : Updates on Australian Citizen Application
Candidate should have minimum of 4 years permanent residency prior to application.
English competency: Demonstrate English listening, reading, speaking and writing skills. Applicant is required to pass an English test equivalent to IELTS level 6.
Strengthening Australian values statement: Reinforce Australia values by undertaking to integrate and contribute to the Australian community.
Demonstration of integration into Australia community by providing evidence of following:
Work experience: If applicant is not working, he or she is actively looking for work or getting education.
Active participation in community or in any voluntary organization.
Correct payment of taxes.
Applicant’s children are attending school, if applicable.
Applicant should not have any criminal records.
Applicant must compliance with social security laws.
Strengthening the Pledge of commitment: Applicants who are below 16 years of age and over 60 years of age are to make the Pledge of Commitment to all streams of citizenship by application, including citizenship by decent, adoption, and resumption.
Department officials said citizenship applications had fallen to a low “plateau” since immigration minister Peter Dutton announced the crackdown in April.
But last week the government missed a deadline to pass the bill through the Senate, sparking a new rush on applications.
Last week, Mr Dutton confirmed the government would redraft its citizenship reforms and try again to pass them through the Senate.
It is also mentioned that there is not any indication yet now from the senators who voted against the bill have changed their mind.
According to the immigration department, there are more than 118,00 people who are waiting for Australian citizenship application.
Minister Dutton confirmed that those waiting for a response to their applications would now be processed under the existing rules.