Australia will make it more difficult to gain citizenship in a major overhaul of its migration process.

Aspiring citizens will undergo tougher tests on their English language skills and ability to demonstrate “Australian values”, PM Malcolm Turnbull said.

Applicants must also have completed four years as a permanent resident – three years longer than at present.

The move comes two days after Australia unveiled stricter visa requirements for skilled workers from overseas.

Premier Turnbull said the changes would ensure that migrants were better integrated into the community.

“It is important that they understand that they are making a commitment to our Australian values,” he said.

What are the changes?

In explaining what constituted “Australian values”, PM Turnbull said migrants must demonstrate support for religious freedom and gender equality.

“Respect for women and children … that is a key Australian value,” he said, adding domestic violence would not be tolerated.

PRIME Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced he is scrapping the controversial 457 visa program for skilled migrants as part of a bid to tackle unemployment.

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