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  1. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Congratulations!! That's definitely an awesome feeling and what a way to mark the end of a long journey from PR to Citizenship The passport office's service is simply stellar and if you apply today with priority processing, your passport will in all likelihood be ready by Wednesday (latest Thursday). All the very best to you and happy holidays
  2. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Congrats DranP and all the very best for the ceremony
  3. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    At this stage I believe the online appointment system is only available in Melbourne
  4. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    What "Evidence of first arrival in Australia" did you provide when you applied for citizenship? Or you had that passport at the time of application and you don't now? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    DranP is correct. If your CO has advised that you're approved you can rest assured. Letters can take a while to arrive as they're sent via regular mail, so don't stress if you haven't received it yet!
  6. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    I believe it changes only after you have attended your ceremony. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Catalyst2012

    Parents on citizenship application

    Yep when you apply online, ImmiAccount does display your parents details on the application with the option to attach documents for them as well, but there's nothing to worry about as you will in all likelihood not be asked to provide any additional information for them. I think it's just the way the system works. I wasn't asked to provide any further documentation or details related to my parents. Hope this helps
  8. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Will do Glen Eira council have now pushed the November ceremony to the 17th from the 9th presumably due to the council elections and the December ceremony by a day to the 7th. Did you ask your case officer during the interview as to when you can expect to be invited to a ceremony?
  9. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Melbourne in general is pretty slow due to the high number of applicants, so you're probably in for a long wait. Took me 6 weeks to receive a test date, and have now been waiting over 4 months for a ceremony. I have been advised by the Dept that the average wait time in Melbourne for a ceremony is between 4-6 months. But a few people have had their ceremonies pretty quickly so there are exceptions.
  10. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    It is likely that the helpline staff can only tell you what they see on your file, so if the 'ceremony allocation' team hasn't put a date on your file, you'll probably just get to hear the 'Wait 3-6 months' spiel. I am in a similar situation like yourself where I needed to book flights for my overseas trip in December, and since there was no indication of when I could expect to receive an invite, I just went ahead and booked them. I have advised them of my travel plans and I hope I haven't been pushed further down the queue as a result of doing that. Crossing my fingers for a November or December ceremony. Good luck to you and I hope you have yours this year!
  11. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Hi Evets - I was approved the day I had my appointment and I received the letter in 6 days. Have you tried calling the Dept?
  12. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Hi folks - anyone from Glen Eira (or any other council) in Melbourne who was approved around the end of May receive an invite yet for an Oct/Nov ceremony?
  13. Yep I got the same response when I called my council (Glen Eira) but the guy I spoke to was very friendly and professional He told me that the council receives a list of candidates from the department 3 weeks prior to the ceremony, and it's entirely the Department's decision to allocate candidates. I was approved in May and I'm hoping to be invited to the next ceremony in November as that would pretty much be 5.5 months since being approved. When I last spoke to the Dept I was advised current ceremony wait times in Melbourne are between 4-6 months. Hope this helps
  14. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    If I may ask, what's the rush? I waited 6 weeks to receive an appointment email, whilst a few others have reported that they've had to wait a few months. It will happen when it's meant to happen, and no amount of phone calls will speed things up for you. I have been waiting over 4 months now for a ceremony invite but it is how it is and there's nothing much that can be done besides waiting. My suggestion to you would be to stop calling them as it'll only frustrate you more. Let it take its own course, and don't worry about it too much. Good luck
  15. Catalyst2012

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    As long as it has been 'recently' signed, you should be alright and I think 2 weeks prior to applying is fine. From memory the system automatically splits PDF files into multiple Jpeg files when you upload them to your application (saving them as File Name_PAGE1, File Name_PAGE2 etc) and it offers a preview before you hit the save button. Mind you, this was 5 months ago when I applied, so not sure if they've made changes to the system since then.
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