Immigration News: Citizenship

Australian Permanent Residency and Citizenship for New Zealanders

Commencing 1 July 2017, the Skilled Independent visa (subclass 189) was split into two streams – points tested and New Zealand. Read: Changes to the Skilled Independent 189 Visa The criteria under the New Zealand stream are as follows: Main applicant is at least 18 years of age Main applicant is a New Zealand citizen and... Continue Reading

What’s Happening with the Citizenship Bill?

Labor has opposed the citizenship bill in objection to the requirement for citizens to meet a competent English proficiency level. This means that this issue will move on to the Senate crossbench, and it is reported that the Bill is likely to receive support to move forward. The English requirement will definitely be a challenge... Continue Reading

The Citizenship Bill, if Passed..

For all citizenship applications on and from 20 April 2017, the applicant must  Hold permanent residency for at least four years before they can apply for citizenship In their time as a permanent resident, cannot have spent more than 365 days overseas Provide evidence of competent English language proficiency – the scores for competent English... Continue Reading

Citizenship Requirements Legislation Soon to be Released

The news on tougher requirements to gain citizenship was disappointing news for many. With the Bill in review, dissent within the government is also emerging. The new citizenship requirements include: The applicant must have been a permanent resident for at least four years before they can apply (previously one year permanent residency and total four... Continue Reading

Karl Konrad: Founder of Australian Immigration Law Services

Who is Karl Konrad? Karl Konrad has, over the span of nearly two decades, developed a reputation for being the guy to go to if you wanted accurate, non-meandering advice. Being armed with no more a simple assessment form filled with some key questions on your situation, Karl will form an actionable game plan in... Continue Reading

Tougher Requirements for Citizenship Applications

This week has been full of upheaval, with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s announcement of the reformation of employer sponsored visa programmes and the changes in the occupation lists. Today, Australia received another unexpected announcement; the Australian citizenship application now has higher requirements; the new requirements will apply to all new applications for Australian citizenship.  ... Continue Reading

Engaging a Migration Agent

Why is it so important to have a consultation with your migration agent first?   “I only have one question.” “I’d like for you to lodge my application now.” “My case is straightforward.”   Maybe, but maybe not. When you contact a migration agent you need to understand that this is the person who will... Continue Reading

Why Become An Australian Citizen?

The differences between being an Australian permanent resident and citizen For most, the biggest struggle is in gaining permanent residency in Australia. The final step in making Australia your permanent home is becoming a citizen. Permanent residency: 5 year travel in and out of Australia Subsidised healthcare via Medicare Subsidised education (same fees as citizens)... Continue Reading

Did you Consent to the Department collecting your information?

One of the key requirements of filling out an Australian Visa application form, is that you agree to the Privacy Notice, otherwise known as Form 1442i. Form 1442i, serves as your notice of the Departments Privacy Policy, which you agree to when lodging a visa application. By agreeing to the Privacy Policy, you are allowing... Continue Reading

I Want To Be A Citizen!

Applying for Citizenship You’ve called Australia home for so long now, it’s time to make it official. So let’s take you through what it takes to get you to the citizenship ceremony. Applying as a migrant with permanent residence means that numero uno on the list of eligibility factors is being a permanent resident. Thankfully, it’s... Continue Reading