Currently working with a big bank in Sydney, Ms Vaidya moved to Australia four years ago as a student to study at the University of Technology Sydney and got her permanent residency last years.
She is among those who made a submission to the Senate committee looking into the government’s citizenship legislation that proposes to increase the waiting time for migrants, such as Ms Vaidya to four years from one year before they can apply for citizenship.
She and thousands of other migrants from across Australia have petitioned politicians to defeat the citizenship changes that besides making them wait longer for citizenship, seeks them to demonstrate higher English language proficiency and gives the immigration minister powers to rule the AAT in matters of citizenship.
“We pretty much knew that the bill will pass the lower house and it was more of a senate game. The biggest block of independent senators there is of the NXT, so our main focus was NXT to call for them to not vote for the bill,” Ms Vaidya says.
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