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Turnbull Tightens Australian Citizenship Test in Migration Crackdown

  • Applicants must show ‘Australian values,’ proficient English
  • Move comes after stricter skilled migration visas announced
Malcolm Turnbull.

Malcolm Turnbull.

Photographer: Mark Graham/Bloomberg

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull tightened Australian citizenship rules in a further crackdown on immigration as his government seeks to boost its flagging popularity.

Applicants will have to wait four years before applying for citizenship instead of one currently, prove a higher degree of proficiency in English and pass a citizenship test to show they have “Australian values” and can integrate into society, Turnbull said Thursday.