Senate Committee report on Citizenship Bill released

The Senate chamber at Parliament House (Photo: Australian Senate website).

Update

18 October 2017

The proposed citizenship changes will not be implemented after the Citizenship Amendment Bill was struck down by the Senate today. Oz Kiwi can now confirm that current citizenship law applies.

Oz Kiwi will provide more information as it comes to hand.


06 September 2017

The Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee tabled their report into the proposed Citizenship Amendment Bill in the Senate yesterday.

The Bill returns to the Senate this week and is likely to be defeated with Labor, Greens and NXT all opposing it.

The report includes the following recommendations in order for the Senate to consider passing the Bill:

  1. citizenship applicants require basic competency in the English language (IELTS 4); and
  2. applicants to be charged a fee to re-sit the citizenship test after three failed attempts, instead of imposing a two-year ban before reapplying; and
  3. enable people who held permanent residency visas on or before 20 April 2017 to apply after 12 months residency.

Oz Kiwi’s evidence from the public hearing on 25 August 2017 is referenced on pages 60 and 61 of the report.

Downloaded a PDF of the full Senate Committee report. You can also view downloadable parts of the report on the Senate Committee webpage.

Citizenship application backlog

The Department of Immigration gave evidence at the Inquiry hearings that they expect to begin processing citizenship applications received after 20 April 2017 towards the end of 2017. This is inline with the standard processing timeframe.

Have a question?

If you have a question about your citizenship application, or eligibility to apply for citizenship, please phone the Department of Home Affairs on 13 18 81 or contact them via social media. Please do not provide your personal details on a public forum.

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