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  1. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Thanks. Think it came down to the individual councils to decide whether to go ahead. There were 165 new citizens in mine. With the new rules of no more than 100, suspect most will be postponed now.
  2. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Happy to say I’m now officially an Australian Citizen! Ceremony went ahead today, albeit with Social Distancing and no photographer or friends/families allowed. No reception afterwards either. A strange day, but understandable given the current environment. Happy to finally become an Aussie! It’s been a rocky road at times, but I finally made it! Good luck everyone on your journeys! Over and out! Dean
  3. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Citizenship ceremony still going ahead on the Northern Beaches tomorrow at the moment: Important information regarding your citizenship ceremony tomorrow evening In light of the latest advice from the Department of Health on Coronavirus (COVID-19), we are changing the format of the ceremony on Monday evening. These are precautionary measures to ensure your safety and that of our staff as well as allowing the ceremony to continue. The key message now is about the effective management of what is called ‘social distancing’. This is about creating safe space between people in public places to minimise the risk of transmitting the virus. So to reduce the number of people at Monday’s ceremony we have implemented the following changes: 1. We request that only yourself and family members receiving a certificate attend. Due to limits on the number attending, we ask that no additional family or friends come along. Please take photos to commemorate the occasion with your family and friends at home. 2. Additional spacing between seats will be allocated for those attending. This is about creating safe spaces for you and reducing the risk of transmission. 3. Your certificate will be issued to you in your individual folder. Unfortunately, there will be no presentations or photos taken during the ceremony on stage. We appreciate your support in putting in place the best measures for the safety of everyone in our community. There will also be hand sanitizer available and hand washing facilities at the venue
  4. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    I’ve got my ceremony on Monday 16th. No news of cancellation yet, but wouldn’t be surprised to receive one on Monday. I received this update on Friday: Further information regarding your upcoming citizenship ceremony We recently wrote to you to provide information on precautionary safety measures at your citizenship ceremony in regards to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In addition to the measures now in place, the department recommends that you do not bring children, family members or other guests to your citizenship ceremony. If you are unwell with respiratory illness please do not attend your scheduled citizenship ceremony. If you cannot attend this ceremony, you will receive notification of non-attendance which you should disregard in this instance and a new ceremony invitation will be sent to you in due course. If you have already attended your citizenship ceremony, please disregard this message. The Department of Health is leading the response within Australia and is providing advice on the safety precautions that should be put in place which is available from the Department of Health website using the following link: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/novel-coronavirus-2019-ncov This is an automated message from the Department of Home Affairs from an unmonitored mailbox. Please do not reply.
  5. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    You shouldn’t need the form 1195. They only ask for Passport, Birth Certificate, Medicare card and a bill with proof of current address.
  6. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Mine took 6 months from application to approval, applied March 2019. Seen anything from 5 to 8 months recently.
  7. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    That’s normal mate. Just have to wait for text & email for the test invite. Mine took 9 months in Sydney. Good luck!
  8. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Also received my citizenship ceremony invite by email yesterday. Monday 16th March Northern Beaches Council in Sydney Not a bad turnaround from test on 9th December and just over a year for the full process (applied 12th March 2019)
  9. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    That should be fine! I had all of that plus a utility bill. They only asked me for Passport, Aus Driving Licence and Medicare card. Will vary depending on person interviewing you but Tenant Lease will cover you for 2nd proof of address if they ask for it. Good luck!
  10. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    You'll get the Citizenship appointment from: noreply@mail.appointments.homeaffairs.gov.au I also received a text from them at the same time. For approval, they send you a letter through the post, although you can see the approval prior to this in your Immi account. Ceremony is via letter as well.
  11. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    I applied in March 2019, had my appointment and test in December. Sydney test centre, although Northern Beaches council for me.
  12. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    The letter comes through a few days after approval. I was approved on a Monday, just after my appointment. Letter arrived on the Friday of the same week.
  13. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    The interview is relatively straightforward. They asked for my passport, driving licence and Medicare card. From this the lady asked where I had traveled since I gained PR (she could see the details her screen). After that she checked and scanned my Birth Certificate - then took me to do the test.
  14. dsdrussell

    AUSTRALIAN CITIZENSHIP TIMELINES 2018-2019

    Applied: 12th March 2019 Citizenship appt received: 29th November 2019 Citizenship test: 9th December 2019 Approval Online: 9th December 2019 Sydney CBD Just the wait for ceremony to go (Northern Beaches Council)
  15. You can check your visa status at https://immi.homeaffairs.gov.au/visas/already-have-a-visa/check-visa-details-and-conditions/check-conditions-online
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