I fully plan on being a citizen, even with this news, but damn, 7-8 years? That's crazy."CITIZENSHIP
Subject to the passage of legislation in the new year, the new citizenship requirements will come into effect on July 2018. Accroding to the Home Affairs department, they will include:
*Increasing the general residence requirement, which means applicants for Australian citizenship will need to have a minimum of four years permanent residence immediately prior to their application for citizenship with no more than one year spent outside Australia during that period."
7-8 years from the start of the partner proces to being citizenship eligable is a joke.
Sigh. They should count "provisional residents" as permanent residents for the purpose of this test....
Typically Canadian passport holders would be exempt from any English requirement which, if you ever visit anywhere in Quebec other than Montreal, makes you wonder why that would be. Not that I'm complaining though, since it was one less thing I needed to worry about with my visa applications.ALSO LOL at being Canadian and having to take an English test. I still hope there is some reason in the parliament and they go for a more Canadian system which exempts those who complete 2 years of high school or a bachelors degree in English (or have an Australia/American/NZ/Irish/Singapore maybe? Passports...). I promise, I speak great English, Italian, and Portuguese...