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  1. path2aus


    Yup got my Citizenship Test invite. My test is scheduled for the 27th of January. I submitted the application on the 30th of September.
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    Application Submitted - 30th September Test Invite received - Jan 13th (Scheduled on 27th Jan) Center - Adelaide My Wife has already completed her Test in December (Submitted date July 30) and has received the letter from local council about her approval. She is waiting for the ceremony date.
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    Sure will do.
  4. My company refused to give me a letter as well when I applied for skills assessment but this is what I did. I got my company to give me a generic experience letter which mentioned my salary, title and years of association with them on a company letter head. This most companies do for home lease or bank loans etc. Then got a letter from one of my managers outlining my duties on a plain paper along with his business card. Submitted both together to ACS and it was accepted. Just a suggestion. Otherwise Affidavit is the way to go I guess.
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    My Wife's application timeline (Adelaide): Application Submitted: July 30 Request for Overseas PCC: November 6th PCC Submitted: 30th November Test Date: 12th December Approval: 15th December My Application + my daughter (Adelaide) Application Submitted: September 30 No contact yet and understandably so. Don't expect anything until after New Year.
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    PCC for Citizenship

    We have applied for Citizenship already and the immigration has asked for PCC for my wife yesterday which we are trying to arrange now. We lived in the US for 4 years after we obtained our PR and we know that we need to get the PCC from USA. The question we have though is that we left US in 2016 (November) and had to apply for FBI clearance for our daughters Child Visa. We have never been to US since then. Is it okay to submit that clearance now? We are going to apply to the clearance anyways but checking if that works. Logically it makes sense as you can only be fingerprinted for a crime if you are living in that country but again logic does not apply to immigration much. Anyone has any idea? We will be visiting the local police station tomorrow anyways to be fingerprinted. Thanks.
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    PCC for Citizenship

    My wife's application was submitted on July 30th in Adelaide. She completed her test on 12th December and within 2 days her application has been approved. Now she is waiting for the ceremony date. My application along with my daughters was submitted on the 30th September and I don't have any contact from the immigration yet.
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    PCC for Citizenship

    Okay just an update regarding the police clearance certificate. We applied the FBI clearance via their online application and got it within 3 weeks. Below are the steps if anyone is interested. This is only for people who aren't citizens or green card holders but stayed and worked in the US. 1. Go to the FBI site and choose the online application 2. Fill out the details as per the form 3. Choose to mail in your finger prints 4. An electronic copy of the results will be sent to you but there is an option to get a physical copy. You can choose it if you want. Not sure if they will mail overseas. 5. Pay the fee online and submit the application. 6. You will get a confirmation email which you will need to print out and send it along with the finger prints to the address mentioned in the email. 7. Download the FD-258 (Finger print card) from the FBI site and go to your local police station (or any other finger printing service) and get your finger prints taken. The Adelaide police was well aware of the process and they were very helpful with the same. 8. Send both the printed confirmation email and the finger print card via mail (Post) to the address mentioned in the email. 9. Once the mail reaches the address, the results are sent to you in 3-5 business days. 10. The overall process took us 3 weeks from the time we filled out the form This above process is way better than the mailing the printed out application form along with the finger printing form as that will take 6-8 weeks to get the results via post.
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    Child Visa 101

    Finally I am able to put together some sort of information about Child Visa application. This is not comprehensive guide, this is just what I did for my daughters visa last year. Introduction: Child Visa is a permanent residency visa for the children of Australian permanent residents. This is a paper application and cannot be done online at the moment. The process and documentation required are quite simple. I am just listing out what I did and what documents I submitted. This does not cover complex cases like divorce or non migrating parent cases. People who have information about the same can contribute to the thread. Forms Required to be filled out: 1. 47CH - Application for migration This is a straightforward form where you enter all the information about your child. Answer the questions as you understand. Don't over complicate things. 2. 40CH - Sponsorship for a child to Migrate This form as the name indicates is the information about the parent who is sponsoring the child. 3. Form 1229 - Consent to grant an Australian visa to a child under the age of 18 years This form needs to be submitted along with the above two application forms even if both the parents are migrating along with the child. Both migrating parents have to sign this form. If you have complex cases like divorce etc, you might need to include other documentation such as proof of legal custody, Stat declaration from the non migrating parent etc. I don't have much information on that so will not be including that information as part of this instruction. People with experience can share their thoughts on the same. Supporting Documents 1. Two passport size photograph of the child (Please follow the instructions on the immi website for instructions) - This is the hardest bit if you have an infant. Our daughter was just two weeks old when we tried to take her picture. It was really difficult as she wouldn't open her eyes for the camera (understandably so ). The best method is put a white cloth on a table or a bed, make him/her lie down and take a picture. This is what we did. I don't think immigration could be too strict about a photograph of a few weeks old baby. 2. Copy of Baby's passport - So after the baby is born you would need to apply for the passport obviously. This is needed before you can apply for the child visa. 3. Payment for the visa - This is the tricky part. This differs by the country, so you would be better off looking at the following page to see what type of payment Australian high commission accepts. In India it was either cash or Demand Draft. 4. Birth Certificate - This is required for the application as a proof that you are the legal parent of the child. Copy of the birth certificate needs to be submitted along with the application. 5. Proof that the sponsor is a permanent resident/Photo ID of sponsor and spouse - This can be proved by copy of your passport. I included the grant letter also along with the passport copies of my wife and I. 6. Proof of Funds - Included 3 months of bank statement. There isn't any specific amount mentioned on the DIBP website. There may be other documentation required if your child is adopted or step child etc. Please review the DIBP requirement for the same. You need to submit all the above documentation along with the required payment to DIBP and then wait for the VO to contact you for further instructions. Depending on which country you are applying in you need to find out the application submission process. In India we needed to go to the VFS location to submit the application in person. In India, postal submission is not accepted, so we needed to go to our local VFS office to personally submit the documents. Once the VO picks up your application you will be asked for the following: 1. Police checks for both you and your spouse - This will be for any country you resided for more than 12 months in the last 10 years. We lived int he USA, so had to provide the FBI clearance. 2. Medicals for your child - This is very simple process, you can find panel physicians from the DIBP website and provide the HAPID to book an appointment. It took just few minutes to complete the process at the doctor's office. Once we submitted all the required documents, the grant was immediate. The day when we sent the final document, we got the grant notice on the same day. The overall process took just over a month for us. The delay was only from our side as we had to try and get FBI check done from overseas and it took some time. Getting appointment with a panel physician took time and then there was Christmas/New Year break. So I would consider the overall process to be less than a month for us. This is from my experience and what I did for my daughters Child Visa, people can correct or add anything I may have missed out. It has been 7 months since I did this and I am trying to recollect as much I could in putting this up. This post has been promoted to an article
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    PCC for Citizenship

    Yup sorry it is Police Clearance certificate.
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    Confused about Eligibility for Citizenship

    I am doing it by myself. I am still getting my documents in order and might submit the application finally sometime in May.
  12. I am filling up the Form 1195 identity declaration form and I understand it needs to be signed by a person on one of the 38 professions listed. I contacted my bank and they have said they can help out my wife and I as we both have accounts in the bank for the past 3+ years. My question is how does it work for a 3 year old? The form is the same for everyone, people who know us cannot sign the form form my child as they will not know her unless they are a family friend. The child has no chance of knowing someone from the 38 professions listed. She isn't going to school yet so teacher is not an option. She does go to day care but that is not one of the 38 professions. She does have a GP but has been going there only for 6 months. The GP's she was seeing before are no longer in the clinic. How does it work for kids? Any help will be appreciated. Thanks.
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    Form 1195 Identity declaration Question

    Thanks @welljock. I read that after I posted the thread.
  14. Congratulations!! and thanks for posting back. Good luck.
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    Migration companies

    Paul who has posted on this thread is a reputable one and so are others who post on this forum.
  16. Better to contact Russell by clicking on the link in his signature. As already mentioned you need professional advice.
  17. is there a reason you are applying for RRV now? Are you planning to leave Australia? You need to understand that PR is indefinite and as long as you stay in Australia there is no need to apply for anything. RRV is only needed if you need to leave the country and the travel facility on your current visa expires. If you don't have any immediate need to travel outside the country I will not sweat it. I came to Australia just 12 days before the expiry of the travel facility of my PR (2017) and applied for RRV only after 2 years (2019). If you need to travel out of Australia you can try applying for RRV but again you may only get like 3 months or at max 1 year. You need to think if it is worth it. Again to reiterate your PR never expires, it is just the travel facility which expires. If you have the travel facility on your PR till August 2020 and you have plans of travelling outside after that, it is better you wait for few more months and apply for RRV just 2-3 months before your travel as your RRV might be granted only for a year or less.
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    Can we get a visa??

    That was the first thing I noticed, but again just thought it would have been a typo from the op.
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    Can we get a visa??

    Thinking about it when we were planning to apply for the Australian PR in 2011, my agents told me that the process is changing and to get our applications in as soon as possible. This was before the EOI was put in place. Thanks to Go Matilda we were able to get through within 6 months of starting the process. It was much more simpler then. Things have gotten much harder and I see people struggling to qualify even if they have their jobs on the list. Immigration for sure has become much more tighter.
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    Visitor Visa Subclass 600

    Yes, I applied for 6 months stay so they required a health check.
  21. We got our PR in 2012 and visited Australia in the same year to validate our visa. We then went back to US and stayed there for 4 years before returning back in 2017. We are now eligible to apply for citizenship. We understand that we need to apply for FBI clearance (USA) and Police Clearance from our country of birth but just wanted to understand the timing of the same. Does it have to be submitted along with the application or will it be requested later? I called the helpline and they said not request and only do it when requested. The FBI clearance takes 4-8 weeks to get done and the process is elaborate. I would like to submit the application and apply for the clearances in parallel. Is that possible? Any help will be appreciated.
  22. I have a quick question regarding the "Associated Family Declaration" section of the Citizenship application. I have listed my sister in there but do I have to include my Brother-In-Law and my niece/nephew as well? I know there is no harm in doing so but just checking if it is actually needed.
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    Visitor Visa Subclass 600

    They will ask your parents to go through health check if required. That's what happened for my in-laws. I submitted the application first and then they requested for the health checks.
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    Overseas Police checks for Citizenship

    Thanks everyone for your comments. I am planning to apply for the same in parallel with my citizenship application. The only reason I want to get a head start is because of US FBI clearance. It takes like ages to come through.