30 Nov '17, 12pm

NS defaulter rejected for Australian citizenship; told to obey the laws of his country

SINGAPORE - A national service defaulter seeking Australian citizenship was advised by a tribunal in that country to first return to Singapore and face pending offences. Rejecting his appeal, the Melbourne-based tribunal refused his plea to waive a clearance certificate from the Singapore police required to support his citizenship application. "I consider the Australian people would reasonably expect that those applying for citizenship would respect laws of general application," wrote senior member A. Nikolic of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal of Australia. "The existence of verifiable information that an applicant has not obeyed the laws of their existing country of citizenship understandably raises character concerns," he added, in decision grounds issued last week (Nov 22). Australian permanent resident Ashley Rozario, 25, who was born here, remained in Singapore to...

Full article: http://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/courts-crime/ns-def...

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