After visa programme, it's now time for Australian values test

Melbourne: Australia yesterday announced tougher citizenship laws for new applicants, including higher English language skills and longer residency requirement, days after the government scrapped a popular visa programme used mostly by Indians.

Under the new reforms unveiled by PM Malcolm Turnbull, the applicants must be permanent residents for at least four years — three years longer than at present — and must be committed to embrace “Australian values”. The changes would abolish the current system that allows unlimited attempts to pass the citizenship test, imposing a two-year denial if an applicant failed three attempts, and automatic fail if caught cheating.

'Kiwis first' as NZ toughens visa laws

Wellington: New Zealand is introducing tougher requirements for skilled overseas workers as it tries to control immigration numbers. The announcement comes after a similar move by Australia.



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