Australian government cracks down on citizenship requirements?The government has announced to tighter requirements for new citizenship applicants. They want to test the 'Australian values' of those hoping to become citizens, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announcing stricter immigration laws. Migrants will have to answer a tougher citizenship test, be a permanent resident for 4 years instead of one, and prove their English language ability as part of their application process to become Australian. Prime Minister stressed that the notion of the test is to strengthen the muticultural society and strengthen the commitment to Australian values. Applicants will also need to show their integration to Australian society through work, their respect of women & also receive criminal background checks. However, it is not about asking hopeful citizens to abandon their heritage and cultures, but to honour the values most Australians hold dear. If somebody lies in an application, there is an existing power under the Act in certain circumstances to revoke that citizenship.
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