Meeting The Character Requirement For Citizenship
The most common pathway for an Australian permanent resident to become an Australian citizen is by making an application for citizenship by conferral. One of the key requirements for a person to become an Australian citizen by conferral is that they are a person of good character (section 21(2)(h), Citizenship Act 2007. This article has been prepared to assist potential citizenship applicants in understanding the character requirements for citizenship and to shed some light on the way these requirements are currently applied by decision makers.
Proposed Australian Short Term Mobility Visa
The Australian government has proposed the creation of a new visa subclass, which will allow for entry into Australia for up to 12 months to complete specialised work, including intra-company transfers and foreign correspondents. Broadly, the proposed visa subclass will allow visa holders to undertake short-term activities or work in Australia, such as those in Australia’s interest. The new visa is expected to come into effect in 2016.
ENS and RSMS Processing Overload

The contents of this article are correct as at 24 August 2010.

DIAC’s Parramatta office is experiencing an overload in applications for the Employer Nomination and Regional Skilled Migration Schemes (ENS & RSMS), according to the Director of Program Delivery.

Due to this large volume of casework, applications selected at random and involving 1700 people will instead be assigned to case officers in DIAC’s Perth and Melbourne processing centers.

Affected applicants will be notified by the case-officer once their case is allocated.

At present, the Department has plans for a new model of ENS and RSMS processing which will reward applicants who lodge complete applications. No further information on the new model is available at this time.

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