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  1. I have searched this forum with a fine tooth comb but can't find anything........... Does anyone know how long immigration normally take to approve your application once you return to Australia if been away offshore??
  2. We applied last January 2019 for Citizenship after 4 years of living in Australia. My husband and two sons (under 16 years) under one application and me under another. In July my mother became very ill and I left quickly with my sons to be with her. Before we left we asked immigration help line if it would affect our sons application if they left with me and we were told no as they are under 16 years - my husband was remaining in Australia. 2 days after arriving in the UK, my husband received an email asking for boys to return within 30 days. We replied that we were told we didn't need to and the circumstances around leaving. Immigration dept send a response email confirming that it didn't matter, we were at the end stages waiting for police checks and that boys could apply for their passport from UK. I am in the position of unable to leave my mother and my husband joined us in October. We applied for FOI and have since found it was put on sleep mode in August. As you must be in Australia at the time of approval, my husband was when the application was being looked at but now no longer is. It appears our only option is leave my mother and return or lose citizenship. It a very difficult dilema for me. Does anyone have any experience with this? My questions are If we return to Australia for approval, how long can this be before it is approved days, weeks or months? We can apply for resident return visas but when is the latest we must do this by (our visa expired in November). Coincidentally I was approved a few hours before leaving. I am concerned for my children as they see Australia as their home and will want to return one day but may not be able to. Thanks in advance if you can help
  3. Thank you so much mellyholly for sharing. It's good to know you got approved quickly once you returned. Because now my husband (and children)'s application is on sleep mode, if we return we don't know how long we would have to wait - if we knew it was a short time, we would do that - but it could be months according to immi timeframes. The issue I have is that my husband was in oz at the time of approval as they said on email they were just waiting for police checks to return as it was at the final stages. He waited another 3 months but what we didn't know is that they automatically put his application on sleep mode as my sons were with me in the UK and we didn't have a return date even though they had told us it wasn't necessary for them to be here at the time of approval as they are under 16 years. The ombudsmen have agreed to look into it so I am hoping that will help. You are right its getting much harder, the RRV alone is $400 each now. Thanks again
  4. Hi Catherine! - Just picked this up too - would love to meet up, I have 2 boys aged 3 and 6, been in Avalon for just a month. Sharon
  5. saglover

    Avalon childcare options

    Hi - I have just read this thread so don't know if this is out of date yet - I have just moved to Avalon and enrolled my son in a pre school in Bilgola (he is 4 this April). Are you still looking?
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