New citizenship test from 15 November 2020 to emphasise 'Australian values'

Key takeaways:
  • A new citizenship test will come into effect from 15 November 2020.
  • The new test will require applicants to answer all 5 questions on Australian values correctly
  • Clients’ whose interviews were deferred have now received new test dates. Those with test dates on or after 15 November 2020 should prepare for the new test.
  • There continues to be a long wait on citizenship applications.

The citizenship test will change for the first time in over a decade, with applicants expected to answer questions on ‘Australian values’ such as freedom of speech, equality, democracy and the rule of law. The new test will apply from 15 November 2020.

The new citizenship test will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions, including 5 questions on Australian values. Applicants must correctly answer all 5 of the questions on Australian values and achieve a mark of at least 75 per cent overall, to pass the test. English language and residency requirements will remain the same.

Many of our clients who had their tests deferred have now been issued new test dates. For those whose interviews are scheduled before 15 November 2020, the old test will apply. Those who have test dates on or after 15 November 2020 will be required to sit the new test. You can prepare for it by reviewing the updated Australian Citizenship: Our Common Bond booklet and taking a practice test.

With 90% of citizenship applications currently being processed within 28 months – an increase from 21 months at the start of this year – applicants can expect a lengthy wait. The blowout in processing times is due to the shutdown of citizenship testing back in March due to COVID-19.

The good news is that in-person citizenship interviews and testing have resumed in various locations across Australia, except in the state of Victoria. Online citizenship ceremonies also continue to be held for those who have become Australian citizens.

Applying for Australian citizenship? We can help make the process simple and easy.

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