DIBP changes from 1 July

DIBP (Australian government/immigration) has made changes to its visa system as of 1 July 2017.  One of the main changes is the introduction of permanent residency pathway for New Zealand citizens who live in Australia.  This pathway is included as a stream of the Skilled independent migration visa subclass 189.  Visa application fees have also been increased.  There has also been a change to the definition of “Eligible New Zealand citizen”, important if you being sponsored by a partner/relative who is a New Zealand citizen. More information is available on the DIBP website.

 

New changes to Australian citizenship

New citizenship changes
As of 20 April 2017, the Australian government has introduced new changes to its requirements for applying Australian citizenship.

Residency requirement
Previously, you were required to have lived in Australia for 4 years as a resident and at least 12 months as a permanent resident.
Now, you must have lived in Australian for at least 4 years as a permanent resident before you apply.

English test
Previously, whether you could understand English, including reading and writing in the language, wasn’t actually tested as part of the citizenship application process. The fact you had completed the application form (in English), presented yourself at an interview with your immigration officer to take the Citizenship test was the extent of it. Really an indirect way of testing your English-speaking skills were up to standard.

Now, you will have to take an independent English test. Probably a test administered by an official bodies like IELTS and Pearson Academic who test and provide a grade for a person’s English language ability.

Integration to Australia
Previously, you lived in Australia for at least 4 years as part of the general residency requirements and this was proof enough of integration into Australia.

Now, you will have to prove you have integrated by providing evidence that convinces the Australian government that you have integrated. What ways can you show you have integrated:

  • Pay your taxes so you can produce your tax summaries
  • Join a social club
  • Join a sporting club
  • Volunteer for good causes
  • Volunteer for school activities – coaching your child’s footy team, fundraiser, parent supervisors for school excursions etc

Basically, go out and do what you see Australians doing at the weekend and that should keep you on track.

Be of good character
Previously, you were required to provide an Australian police clearance and an overseas police clearance for any country you have lived in before moving to Australia.

Now, the same will apply but your character will be subject to a high level of scrutiny. From minor to major offences it seems any mark on someone’s criminal record could raise issues. Essentially, don’t have any problems with the law while you are residing in Australia if you want to give your citizenship application the best chance of success.

Citizenship test

More questions are going to be added to the test focusing on the these of Australian values. You will only be allowed to attempt the test 3 times. After this an exclusion period (not yet defined) will apply before you can attempt to apply for citizenship again.

Pledge of allegiance
This will be extended to include more declarations around the theme of Australian values.

Australian values statement
This will be extended to include declarations around your allegiance to Australia and promises that you are going to integrate and contribute to Australia.

The Australian parliament has not yet passed the legislation underlining citizenship changes but the current government seems confident that it will. These changes came into effect on 20 April 2017. This means any applications lodged on or after 20 April are subject to the new changes regardless of whether legislation has been passed or not.

If you lodged your application before 20 April, you are not affected by the new changes.

Move to Australia from America

Move To Australia From America

In the wake of Donald Trump’s presidential victory in the US there’s been a spike in the google searches for emigration out of America. Canada’s immigration website crashed and the media is having a field day with twitterable, is that a word?, quotes from celebrities declaring how they will leave the country.

Media hype aside, Americans have favored living in Australia for years. Australia is the only country in the world to have received more American migrants than the US has accepted from it. Think about that for a second!

Short term, it’s relatively easy for Americans to come to Australia. You can apply online for a holiday visa or Electronic Travel Authority as it is more officially called, and this allows you multiple entries to Australia over 12 months. You can stay for three months at a time but this visa has NO work rights.

If you’re a youngling, that is a word, aged between 18 and 30, you can apply for a Working Holiday visa. This lasts for a year, has limited work rights, involves a period of work in regional Australia and can be extended to 2 years in some cases.

If you’re serious about making a permanent move to Australia there are lots of resources for you here to help you. Have a look at my FAQ section. It has been honed from thousands of questions I’ve been asked over the years.  You can search through my blog for articles that relate to your specific situation.

If you really serious you can book a consultation with me.

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