Australia Providing Fast-track Citizenship to the Families of Defence Force Personnels

Recent announcement by the Immigration and Citizenship Minister of Australia, Mr. Chris Bowen and Mr. Warren Snowdon MP, the Defence Science and Personnel Minister, has revealed that the Government of Australia is planning to fast-track the process of citizenship for the spouses and to a great extent, other close family members of the Defence Force personnels in the nation.

Following the latest changes to the Citizenship Act 2007 of Australia, more family members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) personnels will be qualified for relaxed requirements of residence. They will able to submit their application for citizenship just after the service period of 90 days. It will be beneficial for the spouses and other members of the family, migrated with the ADF personnels, counting children more than 16 years of age and elderly dependent parents.

In this context, Mr. Bowen was quoted as saying that the Government indentifies that the families of ADF personnels, who are supporting them serving the nation, should also be provided with all the facilities of Australia citizenship, while these members are settling in the country. He further mentioned that this latest requirement provides for an approach with more consistency, which will be applicable to spouses and other members of the ADF family, who have come to this nation with the ADF personnels, such as: children over 16 years of age and elderly dependent parents. Earlier they had to wait for 4 years period to submit their application for citizenship.

The Defence Science and Personnel Minister, Mr. Snowdon MP, has reportedly said that this fast-tracked Australia citizenship will be made available to ADF families; foreign recruits issued visas after the period of 1 July, 2007. However, ADF gives employment to the foreign candidates to fill up the skills gaps which can’t be filled by the natives of the nation.

Earlier, ADF personnel and any children below the age of 16 were allowed to apply for citizenship of Australia after the service period of 90 days in the country. Partners and other members of the family, counting children over the age of 16 years or aged parents, had to wait for minimum 4 years period to apply for Australia citizenship. With the latest changes, now family members of ADF personnels will be allowed to apply for citizenship just after the period 90 days of their service in the country.

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