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Australia has changed its citizenship law and made it tougher for new migrants

Australia has changed its citizenship law and made it tougher for new migrants, they will be assessed on their commitment to Australia and their attitudes to religious freedom and gender equality.

The new measures would see migrants face a tougher citizenship test which will assess their commitment to Australia and their attitudes to religious freedom and gender equality. Those with a history of family violence or organised crime could also be barred from citizenship.

Applicants will be asked to demonstrate that they have integrated into the Australian society, for example by joining clubs or by providing evidence that they are employed and their children are in school.
A more stringent English language test will also be introduced, which will include “reading, writing and listening” components.

Migrants who become permanent residents will also have to wait four years before they can apply for citizenship — instead of the at least one-year wait at the moment.

If an applicant fails the test three times they will have to wait another two years before they can sit it again.

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