Australia Unveils Major Changes to Citizenship Process

April 20, 2017, Thursday @ 17:15 in World | Views: 68
Australia Unveils Major Changes to Citizenship Process Malcolm Turnbull Photo: Wikipedia

Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process, the BBC reported.

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate "Australian values", the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident - three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled the stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Australian Prime Minister Turnbull said that the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community.

"It is important that they understand that they are making a commitment to our Australian values," he said.

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