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  1. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Yes, that what I did; which then enabled me to re-schedule to 20 days earlier than my initial appointment!
  2. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    On the same boat. My application was approved on 05/02/2021 (same day with my test) and my wife's test was on 22/02/2021 and her application was approved on 03/03/2021 Still waiting for our ceremony invitation. I used to live in Knox area , moved to Casey now
  3. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Any ceremony recently for VIC applications?
  4. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    No email at all. I've just logged into ImmiAccount to check almost daily...
  5. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Finally, I've just checked my Immi Account and my wife's application was approved! Below is our timeline Application date: 23/12/2019 Test date: Me: 05/02/2021, approved same day My wife: 22/02/2021, approved 03/03/2021 Ceremony: waiting Really tempted to send VIC online ceremony an email... Should I?
  6. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Nah, I rescheduled mine to 20 days earlier, and I rescheduled multiple times (say, 5 times, I know that's bad! keep checking back to see any sooner availability), got approved on spot. If you have colour-scanned and attached the original ones on Immi Account, they will probably not ask for any of those documents again.
  7. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I guessed it's completely random and pure luck... My application was approved on the same day of my test. My wife took her test last Monday (22/02, 100%) and her application is not approved yet as of now... I would say her application was much less complicated than mine... I used to travel abroad a lot due to work, and I also included our 7yo with my applications...
  8. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Haha, nice and positive way to look at it. I think (just my theory), that the approvals of applications are manual tasks, and since they have hundreds and thousands of applications they had to go through, sometimes they're just forgetful. If the one who has just checked all your documents did the approval, it would be very quick, since they've just done all the checks! Thumbs up is a good way to remind them that you've passed your test and they can do their approval! Initially my interviewer asked me to go to the computer room, but then another officer there asked me to wait outside cause they had to limit number of people inside. Then she just waved to me behind her glass screen, and when I came back to her booth, she told me that she'd let me do the test on her iPad there. So she just logged in for me and handed me her iPad. I finished my test in less than 5 minutes, 100%, then she told me that she approved my application and it would show up on Immi Account shortly
  9. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    The invitation emails will come from this address: noreply@mail.appointments.homeaffairs.gov.au That "noreply" there means that it won't be monitored so there's no point in replying/acknowledging it. It's also a good idea to whitelist *.homeaffairs.gov.au in your email settings, depending on which email service you are using. After you've got an appointment, you can come back and change it any time to any available slot. Their appointment system is very flexible and easy to change. I brought forward my appointment 20 days sooner. You should check back multiple time as available slots will change frequently, I was able to book to even the next day when I was checking back in Jan, but I wasn't well prepared so I booked it in a week time.
  10. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I took my interview in Melbourne CBD also, and the officer who processed my application on the day just told me that she approved my applications. From my conversation with her, it's mainly the documents uploaded to Immi account. For me, I'm pretty meticulous in preparing my scan documents. I always included a high quality original colour scan of any document, which is very readable, translations if required. I attached all the documents in the Required section; and to my best effort, all the documents I can get my hands on in the Additional document section. I guess it wouldn't hurt just ask the one who process your application on the test day whether or not your application would be approved on spot, or what additional details they were looking for... etc
  11. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I've just used this free practice site, and read the Our Common Bond booklet many times, it's very helpful! https://www.easydrivingtest.com.au/citizenship-test
  12. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    There were about 10 - 20 other people inside Home Affair Melbourne CBD office during my time there.
  13. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    So I attended my Citizenship Interview today. The lady who took my case was very nice and friendly, she told me that she would look through all the documents I have uploaded and if she needed to see any additional documents, she would tell me. She didn't ask for any additional documents except my Medicare card (I have prepared everything in my bag just in case though). She asked me only 1 question, whether or not I have had any offences including traffic offences before, I honestly told her that I had a couple speeding tickets, she asked me whether or not I had to go to court for those, I said no, then all good! My timeline: 23/12/2019: application submitted, Melbourne Southeast surburb Some time in Feb 2020 I received invitation for Citizenship Interview on 27/05/2020, then it was postponed not long after due to the pandemic 28/01/2021: received invitation to a Citizenship Interview on 25/02/2021, rescheduled to 05/02/2021 05/02/2021: Citizenship Interview, all the process was verrry quick! I was inside only 20 minutes , approved on spot (the officer told me that she approved the application after I've got 100% mark on her iPad, it would show up immediately on my ImmiAccount, I've just logged in and had a look, my application was approved) waiting for ceremony invitation, the lady there tole me that I'll probably need to wait up to 6 months for it...
  14. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    I've just got some good news (especially for the Melbourne folks!) My wife was invited to a test just today (over email) on 24/02/2021. We applied on 2 separated applications on 23/12/2019. She was invited for a test in May 2020 but it was postponed until now. I'm still waiting for my test invitation...
  15. David Ng

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2020-2021

    Well, Visa is for non-citizen only. You'll either need a Visa or an Australian Passport to enter Australia, which means: - You use your foreign passport with a valid Visa - OR, you use your Australian Passport From my experience with Border Force 3 years ago when we travelled abroad: my kids had 2 passports, and when I accidentally handed them their foreign passports (cause I bought their flight tickets with those foreign passports), the lady custom officer were a bit upset and reminded me that they always preferred the Australian Passport on Australia land. Could be because my kids didn't have (didn't need to have) Visa so that caused a bit of time to look up for her, it was my bad
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