15 June 2017
In a submission to the Department of Immigration, Oz Kiwi expressed concern at the requirements for Australian citizenship proposed in the Discussion Paper published on 20 April 2017.
Oz Kiwi recommends that:
- New Zealanders be exempted from any increase in citizenship residence requirements as per applicants for the Skilled Independent 189 (New Zealand) stream visa.
- New Zealanders be exempted from the proposed English language test to be included as part of citizenship applications.
- The Government give further consideration to all of its other proposals and whether the intended policy objectives justify potential inconvenience to New Zealanders and other groups.
- The Government give specific attention to the manner in which changes to citizenship law may affect New Zealanders’ access to education, ensuring that individuals do not face diminished rights and entitlements on the pathway from SCV-holder to citizen.
Download a copy of the Oz Kiwi Citizenship Submission – 1 June 2017.