Salar Jazayeri an Iran-born permanent resident in Australia working as a Project Manager has barely missed gaining the Australian citizenship by just a month. He is not alone and several overseas immigrants in Australia who are residing as permanent residents have been adversely affected by the proposed changes to citizenship announced by the Turnbull government.
Jazayeri missed his eligibility for citizenship as of May 20, 2017, and will have to wait for another three years before realizing his aspirations of becoming a citizen of Australia.
Even as the Australian Senate continues to debate over the proposed changes to citizenship, Jazayeri said that the new eligibility criterions for applicants of citizenship in Australia residing as permanent residents will hinder his professional advancement. As per the new criterions for citizenship, permanent residents in Australia must have lived in the nation for four years for applying for the citizenship. The earlier criterion the required applicants to reside in Australia for just one year, as quoted by The Australian.
Jazayeri said that he has been residing as a permanent resident in Australia for 12 months now but the new rules have changed everything for him. He will now have to wait for another three years to be able to apply for the citizenship and several critical and hi-tech projects mandate that one must be a citizen of Australia, elaborated the Project Manager.
Mark Glazbrook an immigration agent has said that the claims of the Australian government that the stringent requirement for English language and associated measures were meant to safeguard Australia from adversities are unacceptable. He said that clearing an English language assessment does not make an individual more or less qualified to be Australian. What matters is their contribution to the economy of Australia, added Glazbrook.
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