There is good news for those who are waiting for Australian citizen applications. The government of Australia failed to pass a new reformed citizenship bill announced in April of 2017.
As soon as the government failed to pass sweeping reforms that include a more challenging English language test and minimum four years permanent residency cap for the applicant, the department of immigration has received a rush of Australian citizen applications.
As you might know, the government of Australia announced some changes for Australian citizen applications on or after the 20th of April 2017.
The bill was not more likely not in favor of many immigrants in Australia since it has some following mandatory obligations for the candidates who apply for citizenship.
We can see from social media; many people celebrate as the 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 the senate: Updates on Australian Citizen Application
The candidate should have a minimum of 4 years of permanent residency before application.
English competency: Demonstrate English listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills. An applicant is required to pass an English test equivalent to IELTS level 6.
Strengthening Australian values statement: Reinforce Australian values by undertaking to integrate and contribute to the Australian community.
Demonstration of integration into Australian community by providing evidence of the following:
Work experience: If an applicant is not working, he or she is actively looking for work or getting an education.
Active participation in the community or any voluntary organization.
Correct payment of taxes.
Applicant’s children are attending school, if applicable.
Applicants should not have any criminal records.
Applicant must meet compliance with social security laws.
Strengthening the Pledge of commitment: Applicants 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 descent, 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 no indication yet now that the senators who voted against the bill have changed their minds.
According to the immigration department, more than 118,00 people are waiting for Australian citizenship applications.
Minister Dutton confirmed that those waiting for a response to their applications would now be processed under the existing rules.