You might be interested to know why permanent residents apply for citizenship.
I had a Filipina approach me last year for help because Immigration sent her a notice of intent to cancel her permanent visa. She has been eligible to apply for citizenship years before that but held it off until this happened. But before you conclude that this is the norm if you do not apply straightaway, let me tell you that the Filipina was dobbed-in to have married a man just to get a visa.
If you are confident you did not breach any condition or have submitted bogus docs or misleading information in any of your visas - past and present, you do not have any reason to fear cancellation. Well, there's other grounds for cancellation (ie., character) to be considered as well. And then there's the possibility of new laws being passed...
Now back to benefits of being an Australian citizen: Read SBS World News' Kelsey Munro takes a look at what Australian citizens can do that permanent residents can't. by Kelsey Munro.
Over 133,000 people from 190 different countries became Australian citizens in 2015-2016. The largest share of these new Australians came from India and the UK, with people from the Philippines and China hot on their heels.
Permanent residents already enjoy many of the benefits of living in Australia: a prosperous, democratic society, with a clean environment, and a famously good lifestyle.
They can even get a a Medicare card - so why do so many permanent residents decide to take the extra step of becoming citizens?
Here’s ten things citizens get to do (and in some cases, have to do), that permanent residents can’t.
1. You can vote
Actually, you have to vote. It’s compulsory in Australia for citizens over 18 to vote in local, state and federal government elections and referendums. You can get a fine of up to $180 if you don’t show up to vote on polling day.
There’s only 12 countries in the world that enforce compulsory voting, which puts Australia in the rare company of North Korea, where there’s only one candidate on the ballot paper.
The good news in Australia, is you can vote for whoever you want from what can be a bewilderingly large array of candidates.
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