My follow up email:
"However, some applicants may depart Australia for an extended period, and this may affect their ability to meet the requirements for Australian citizenship."
However, as far as I know, nowhere on your website or during the application process did it say that applicants are prohibited to leave Australia for extended periods of time during their application process.
What is stated clearly on immi.homeaffairs.gov.au is that one of the requirements for citizenship is that "you must intend to live in Australia or maintain a lasting link with Australia while overseas"
As someone who is married to an Australian; has lived 6 years in Australia; have friends and family in Australia etc. it is obvious that my Australian wife and I "intend to maintain a lasting link with Australia" even though we currently find ourselves semi-permanently overseas.
"Generally, it is expected that if an application for conferral of Australian citizenship is lodged onshore, the entire process will be carried out onshore."
I understand that *generally* you expect the entire process to be carried out onshore but as you yourself have said: This is what you *generally* expect hence why I am requesting an exception, not to a rule, but to this expectation of yours.
I am happy to do the citizenship ceremony in Australia as my wife and I are planning to come back to Australia at the end of this year anyway, once things hopefully somewhat return back to normal.
Once again, all I am requesting is that in light of this worldwide pandemic I would be afforded the opportunity and ease of attending my test and interview at an Australian embassy closer to where I am currently residing rather than forcing us, my wife and I, to go through the anxiety and stress and danger to ourselves and others that would be involved in travelling back to Australia to sit this interview during this covid age.
Once again I request you to please consider this exception and I look forwards to hearing from you.
P.s. Even if your answer is "no" I would really appreciate a personal response to my request rather than a confusing-copy-paste-email-response that doesn't entirely relate to my situation.
Actually I'm not so sure about that. As stated on the immigration website:
intend to live in Australia or maintain a lasting link with Australia while overseas
I think it's clear by that comment that the option of getting citizenship but not living in Australia is available. I lived in Australia for 7 years. My wife is Australian and so I have friends, family there. So my wife and I are maintaining a lasting link with Australia while we are currently semi-permanently overseas.
Thanks for your reply. I understand that about the ceremony but I am yet to be invited to the interview and test again. I was sent an invitation over a year ago but since covid happened i haven't heard from them. I am happy to sit my interview in Australia but i need to receive an invitation for this right?
Hi wow sounds like you lucked out with the hotel room.did you know which hotel you were going to before you arrived? We are looking at flying back around oct/Nov and will have a 2 year old
so really worried we will be one of the unlucky ones and end up in a Premier Inn type room only!
Also how far in advance did you book your flights?