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Don’t Underestimate the New Australian Citizenship Test

Migrants seeking Australian citizenship should not underestimate the Australian Citizenship Test. More than 4000 migrants were refused Australian citizenship after failing their citizenship test. This comes after the Australian Federal Government recently proposed tightening entry requirements and citizenship rules for migrants.

Don’T Underestimate The New Australian Citizenship Test

New rules include a stricter Australian Citizenship Test. The test now disqualifies almost half of all applicants from becoming citizens. The Department of Border Protection and Immigration said that of the 1866 would-be Aussies who failed the test in 2016-17, 1759 failed it more than three times.

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The proposed changes to the citizenship bill were announced on 20 April this year but the bill has not yet been passed.

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said that it was important that the people wanting to become citizens demonstrate their willingness to integrate and adhere to Australian laws and values.

“I am committed to strengthening the integrity of the citizenship program, which is in our national interest, and will continue to work with the crossbench,” he said.

It also included extending waiting times for permanent residents wanting citizenship from one year to four years.

The Australian Citizenship Test consists of 20 questions drawn at random from a pool of questions. To pass the test applicants must answer 75 per cent, or 15 out of 20 questions, correctly.

Statistics show that out of the 199,151 applications for Australian citizenship over the past financial year, 113,388 came from the skilled visa stream, while 51,549 were under the family stream, 19,860 humanitarian and 14,000 "others".

Other reasons for refusal of citizenship include being unable to prove identity, failing police checks and involvement in extremist organisations. People can take the citizenship test as often as they wish now, but under provisions blocked in the Senate they would be barred from taking it for two years if they fail three times.

Samples of Test Questions

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1. What do we remember on Anzac Day?
2. What happened in Australia on 1 January 1901?
3. What is a referendum?
4. Which arm of government has the power to interpret and apply laws?
5. Which official symbol of Australia identifies Commonwealth property?
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