The Australian government has modified the rules and regulation for the requirements of permanent residency in Australia. In the latest change the government has announced that applicants hold their permanent resident status for longer, formal English language testing is require, a revised citizenship test and evidence that applicants show that they have integrated into Australian society. These changes came into frim April 20, 2017.
In addition, Australian government has also announced changes for ‘General Residence’ requirement. According to these changes, a candidate who has been present in Australia for the last 4 years, on any temporary, permanent or bridging visa, with a maximum of 12 months overseas, and the last 12 months, on a permanent visa, with a maximum of 3 months overseas.
The above changes will effect International students who complete their studies in Australia and are willing to apply for General Skilled Migration, Partner visa applicants who had obtain a temporary partner visa, and 457 visa holders who worked for their Australian employers for years and are seeking for Australian citizenship.
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