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Resident return visas subclass 155 – compelling reasons for absence from Australia

Once you have permanent residency you must after 5 years apply for a subclass 155 Resident Return visa if you leave and want to return to Australia. To qualify for resident return visas, you must: have lived in Australia for 2 years (730 days) in the last 5 years as…

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Permanent Residency and Citizenship in Australia for New Zealand Citizens

Australia and New Zealand have always had very close ties. Over many decades, thousands of New Zealanders have lived and brought up their families in Australia. However, the ability to obtain permanent residency status and citizenship can be complex. Every New Zealander who travels to Australia is granted a Special…

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New citizenship bill introduced into parliament

A new Bill was introduced into Parliament for its first reading on 17 June 2017 which proposes significant changes to the current Citizenship Act 2007. The Australian Citizenship Legislation Amendment (Strengthening the Requirements for Australian Citizenship and Other Measures) Bill 2017 proposes a number of amendments, including proposals to strengthen requirements…

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Australia’s new citizenship requirements

In a sweeping review of Australia’s citizenship requirements Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced today (20 April 2017) that there will be a greater emphasis on Australian values, a demonstrated capacity to integrate into the Australian Community, greater English language skills, more detailed evaluation of a person’s criminal record and longer…

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Australia deals with New Zealand to obtain citizenship

New Zealanders who have lived and worked in Australia for five years or more will get easier access to citizenship under a new deal. An Australian government amnesty will open the door to citizenship for between 60,000 to 100,000 Kiwi expats living and working across the Tasman. The move was…

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