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457 foreign workers' visas axed: Australia unveils tougher citizenship laws

Applicants must be permanent residents for at least four years, must embrace 'Australian values'

Press Trust of India  |  Melbourne 

Announcing sweeping changes to Australia's citizenship laws, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today unveiled tighter requirements for new applicants, a move that follows the scrapping of the 457 visa program for foreign workers. Under the new reforms, 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". Prospective citizens will have to pass a standalone English test that will focus heavily on respect for women and children, with possible questions about ...

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First Published: Thu, April 20 2017. 08:10 IST
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