Today the Government has announced changes that will streamline the pathway to citizenship for some of our most talented prospective Australians.
Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs, Alex Hawke MP, has introduced additional flexibility to recognise the unique difficulties faced by some of our most distinguished applicants for citizenship.
“Australian citizenship is a rare privilege and it should not come easy. Those who apply must meet a range of character, values and language requirements. They must also have lived in Australia for a minimum period to be eligible,” Minister Hawke said.
“However, the unique work and travel demands on some of our most highly distinguished prospective Australians should not preclude them from making the cut. That’s why I have directed the Department of Home Affairs to apply greater flexibility in applying the residence requirement for eligible people,” he said.
“Exceptional people must not be prevented from becoming Australians because of the unique demands of the very work they do that makes them exceptional,” he said.
The Minister will extend the special residence concession to all distinguished talent visa holders and to athletes in the Australian Commonwealth Games team.
Under current arrangements applicants for citizenship must meet the general residence requirement which provides that they have lived in Australia on a valid visa for the past 4 years, and were absent for no more than 12 months in that time. They must also have been a permanent resident or eligible New Zealand citizen and absent from Australia for no more than 90 days during the 12 months before applying.
Currently, the special residence requirement may apply for a range of applicants who due to their work undertake significant international travel and where it is in the Australian national interest including Australian representative sportspeople, ships’ crew, senior businesspeople, research scientists, and distinguished artists. The special residence requirement provides that an applicant has held a valid visa for the last four years, living in Australia for at least 480 days during that time, and must have been a permanent resident and in Australia for 120 days in the year immediately before applying. The special residence requirement will now also apply to past, present and future distinguished talent stream visa holders.
- 如果满足以上条件，申请人入籍的居住要求需要是在申请之前必须持有效签证居住在澳大利亚，该签证允许永久居留 2 年，在这两年里有在澳大利亚境内居住至少180天，其中过去的12个月内至少有90天。
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Special residence requirement
Activities supported by particular organisations
If you want to engage in activities that are supported by particular organisations, such as the Australian Olympic and Paralympics committees, Tennis Australia, Cricket Australia or a federal government agency, then the special residence requirement may apply to you.
You must have been living in Australia on a valid visa that allows permanent residency for 2 years immediately before you apply. During those 2 years, you must have been lawfully present in Australia for at least 180 days, including at least 90 days during the past 12 months.
Work that requires overseas travel
The special residence requirement may apply to you:
- if you have been engaged in particular kinds of work
- your employer can show us that you have worked in that occupation for at least 2 years of the past 4 years, and
- you were required to travel outside Australia for that work.
You must have held a valid Australian visa for 4 years immediately before applying, including 1 year as a permanent resident immediately before applying.
You must also have been living in Australia for a total of 16 months (480 days) during the 4 years before you apply, with at least 4 months (120 days) of that time in the year immediately before your application.
List of relevant occupations for this special residence requirement:
- a member of the crew of a ship or aircraft
- a worker on a resources installation or a sea installation
- a Chief Executive Officer or Executive Manager of an S&P/ASX All Australian 200 listed company
- a Scientist employed by:
- an Australian university who has attained a PhD in their field of speciality and is undertaking research and development of benefit to Australia or
- Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) or
- a medical research institute which is a member of the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes (AAMRI)
- a medical specialist, internationally renowned in their field, who is a fellow of an organisation listed in Schedule 4- Part 1 of the Health Insurance Regulations 1975 (Cth) and holds a relevant qualification in relation to the organisation
- a person who is a writer or is engaged in the visual or performing arts and who is the holder of, or has held, a Distinguished Talent Visa.