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NSW Will My Australian Citizenship be Revoked?

Discussion in 'Immigration Law Forum' started by PaulSmith123, 19 September 2016.

  1. PaulSmith123

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    Hi,

    I currently hold dual citizenship with Australia and another country in Europe.

    I've recently been convicted of a crime in my European country, equivalent to assault causing harm. The penalty imposed was a 2 year suspended sentence.

    I'm currently trying to get my life back on track after this and make sure nothing like it ever happens again, it was a first offence and I'm hugely remorseful and regret the while incident.

    A friend in Aus recently advised me of the new Australian Citizenship Amendment and I am now terrified that my Australian Citizenship will be revoked. I understand that the amendment is mainly to combat terrorism however there seems to be scope to revoke people's citizenship for a variety of other crimes.

    Is it possible that my citizenship could be revoked?

    Thank you.
     
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Well-Known Member

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    Hi Paulsmith123,

    The Minister of Immigration and Citizenship has the power to revoke Australian Citizenship under the following instances:

    • you have been found guilty of making a false or misleading statement in relating to your citizenship application
    • you have been been convicted of an offence against either an Australian or foreign law and have either been sentenced to death, or a term of imprisonment for 12 months or more
    • you have been convicted of a serious criminal offence and has been sentenced to at least 12 months imprisonment at any time prior to becoming a citizen
    • you have gained citizenship either through migration, or third party fraud
    • the Minister is satisfied that it would be contrary to the public interest if you were to remain an Australian citizen.
     
  3. PaulSmith123

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    Hi Sophia,

    Thank you for the response. Could I just ask, do you know if this action is taken often by the minister or not?

    Thanks
     
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